R. Stanley Williams is an HP Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and Director of the Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory (IQSL), which currently has over 80 scientists and engineers working in areas of nanoelectronics, photonics and sensing. He received a B.A. degree in Chemical Physics in 1974 from Rice University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from U. C. Berkeley in 1978. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs from 1978-80 and a faculty member (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) of the Chemistry Department at UCLA from 1980 – 1995. He joined HP Labs in 1995 to found the Quantum Science Research group, which originally focused on fundamental research at the nanometer scale.
His primary scientific research during the past thirty years has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to technology. In 2008, a team of researchers he led announced that they had built and demonstrated the first intentional memristor, the fourth and final fundamental electronic circuit element, complementing and completing the capacitor, resistor and inductor. This announcement led to several forms of recognition, including top technology of the year by PC World and Innovator of the Year from the publication EETimes. In 2010, he was named one of the first recipients of the newly created HP CEO's Award for Innovation.
He has received other awards for business, scientific and academic achievement, including the 2007 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal for contributions to Chemistry, the 2004 Joel Birnbaum Prize (then the highest internal HP award for research), the 2004 Herman Bloch Medal for Industrial Research, the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics, the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was named to the inaugural Scientific American 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002 (and then again in 2005). In 2005, the US patent collection that he has assembled at HP was named the world’s top nanotechnology intellectual property portfolio by Small Times magazine. He was a co-organizer and co-editor (with Paul Alivisatos and Mike Roco) of the workshop and book “Vision for Nanotechnology in the 21st Century”, respectively, that led to the establishment of the U. S. National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000.
He has been awarded over 90 US patents with more than sixty pending, he has over 100 non-US patents, he has published over 340 papers in reviewed scientific journals (with an h-index of 52), and he has written several general articles for technical, business and general interest publications (including Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum and Harvard Business Review). One of his patents was named as one of five that will “transform business and technology” by MIT’s Technology Review in 2000. He has presented hundreds of invited plenary, keynote and named lectures at international scientific, technical and business events, including one of the 2007 50th Anniversary Laureate Lectures on electrical and optical materials for the TMS, the 2003 Joseph Franklin Lecture at Rice University, the 2004 Debye Lectures at Cornell University, the 2004 Bloch Lecture at the University of Chicago, and the 2005 Carreker Engineering Lecture at Georgia Tech.