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Angela Belcher

W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, 2001 - present
MacArthur Fellow

W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, 2001 - present
MacArthur Fellow

Angela M. Belcher
W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, 2001 - present
MacArthur Fellow

Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck professor of energy, received her BA in creative studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991, and a PhD in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara in 1997. She came to MIT in 2002. Professor Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in the fields of biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces, and solid state chemistry. In her interdisciplinary work, Professor Belcher seeks to understand and harness nature’s own processes in order to design materials and devices for energy, the environment, and medicine. She has won numerous awards for her work, including a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2004.  

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Belcher's upbringing and early love of science.
  • Dyslexia thinking creatively.
  • How a seventh-generation Texan fell in love with MIT.
  • Evolution of her work and her move to the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.
  • Juggling work and motherhood.
  • Her gift to President Obama.

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