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MindsCDT Co-director Professor Themis Prodromakis is awarded prestigious Blavatnik Award

Published: 9 December 2020

Themis Prodromakis, PhD, University of Southampton

Electronic engineer and nanotechnologist, Prof. Themis Prodromakis, has made remarkable contributions in devising new computer hardware that supports the rapidly increasing computational demands of AI applications. His technology is built upon an electronic component known as a “memristor”, which simultaneously stores multiple datasets in a single component. He has developed some of the first memristor technologies that are promising for real applications in the information and biomedical industries. His technology has been successfully commercialised and is currently in use by global businesses and standards organisations.

About the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in the United States in 2007 and independently administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, began by identifying outstanding regional scientific talent in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The Blavatnik National Awards were first awarded in 2014, and in 2017 the Awards were expanded to honour faculty-rank scientists in the United Kingdom and in Israel. For updates about the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, please visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@BlavatnikAwards).

The Blavatnik Family Foundation, with the guidance of the New York Academy of Sciences, founded the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in 2007 to celebrate the innovative achievements of young postdoctoral and faculty scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Unlike awards that honor scientists late in their careers, the Blavatnik Awards aim to identify and encourage promising young scientists early in their careers, when they are most in need of funding and recognition. The intense competition for funding presents a growing challenge for scientific researchers—those who receive financial support are in a better position to bolster their early research efforts and are more likely to identify solutions to the most complex scientific questions and to some of society’s most pressing problems.

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