Robert Langer

Koch Institute MIT

Most Cited Engineer

2018 Honoree for Historic Scientific Achievement

2018 CME STEM Leadership Award Honoree for Historic Scientific Achievement. Event held at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Robert Langer, PhD, is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. (There are 13 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member.) His h-index of 233 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has over 1,260 issued and pending patents worldwide. His patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 300 companies.

Professor Langer has written more than 1,400 articles. His many awards include the US National Medal of Science, the US National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize (largest US medical prize), the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the 2014 Kyoto Prize, and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.