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Now Available: Innovators Under 35 2013 See The 2013 List »

Since 1999, the editors of Technology Review have honored the young innovators whose inventions and research we find most exciting; today that collection is the TR35, a list of technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35. Their work--spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more--is changing our world.

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2009 Innovator of the Year: Kevin Fu

2009 Humanitarian of the Year: José Gómez-Márquez

Andrea Armani

Sensitive optical sensors detect single molecules

Michael Backes

Proving that Internet security protocols can really be trusted

Jeffrey Bigham

Free service to help blind people navigate the Web

James Carey

Using “black silicon” to build inexpensive, super-sensitive light detectors

Jorge Conde

Offering consumers whole-genome sequencing--and software to interpret it

Ranjan Dash

Nanoporous carbon could help power hybrid cars

Adam Dunkels

Minimal wireless-networking protocols allow almost any device to communicate over the Internet

Nathan Eagle

Mining mobile-phone data for the public good

Cody Friesen

Making cheaper, higher-energy batteries to store renewable energy

Kevin Fu

Defeating would-be hackers of radio frequency chips in objects from credit cards to pacemakers  

José Gómez-Márquez

Practical medical devices for use in poor countries

Jeffrey Heer

Easy-to-use tools allow people to present data in creative and interesting ways

Andrew Houck

Preserving information for practical quantum computing

Kurt Zenz House

Capturing carbon dioxide through cement production

Shahram Izadi

An intuitive 3-D interface helps people manage layers of data

Ali Javey

“Painting” nanowires into electronic circuits

Michelle Khine

A children’s toy inspires a cheap, easy production method for high-tech diagnostic chips

Anat Levin

New cameras and algorithms capture the potential of digital images

Erez Lieberman-Aiden

Quantitative tools offer new insights into evolution

Andrew Lynn

Repairing joints by stimulating regrowth in bone and cartilage

Ellis Meng

Micropumps deliver drugs that prevent blindness

Pranav Mistry

A simple, wearable device enhances the real world with digital information

Aydogan Ozcan

Inexpensive chips and sophisticated software could make microscope lenses obsolete

Shwetak Patel

Simple sensors to detect residents’ activities

Andrew Perlman

Slashing carbon emissions by converting coal into natural gas

Ashoke Ravi

Using software to send diverse radio signals

Vera Sazonova

World’s smallest resonator could lead to tiny mechanical devices

Elena Shevchenko

Assembling nanocrystals to create made-to-order materials

Vik Singh

Opening up search secrets to spur innovation

Dawn Song

Defeating malware through automated software analysis

Jaime Teevan

Using personal information to improve search results

C. Shad Thaxton

Nanoparticles could treat cardiovascular disease by mimicking “good cholesterol”

Andrea Thomaz

Robots that learn new skills the way people do

Adrien Treuille

Complex physics simulations that can run on everyday PCs

Cyrus Wadia

Identifying materials that could be unexpectedly useful in solar cells

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