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Biography of the speakers

Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington

Biography and Career Highlights

  • ​Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and joined the University of Washington faculty, where he is now Professor of Bioengineering. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science.
  • Pollack’s interests range from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. He has written several books, including Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion and Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life. His latest book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor, won the World Summit Excellence Award.
  • Pollack was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2002 by Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia and the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. 
  • The professor is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has presented two TEDx talks on water.
  • Pollack has received the BrandLaureate Award, the Emoto Inaugural Peace Prize and the Chappell Natural Philosophy Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He appears briefly in the 2016 film, The Fourth Phase, named after his book, and features in a 2019 list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Inspiring People’ by OOOM magazine.

Lecture Title Lecture Date
International leader in water research helps unravel its mysteries 22 January 2020