Cal Quate, a pioneer in the nanosciences and a wonderful human being, has passed away

Cal Quate with Christoph Gerber and Gerd Binnig (left to right) during the Kavli Prize award ceremony in 2016. The laureates received the Kavli Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon for the invention of the atomic force microscope. Photo: Thomas Brun (TB-Scanpix)

The SNI network mourns the loss of Calvin F. “Cal” Quate, professor emeritus of applied physics at Stanford University (California, USA).

In the mid-1980s, Cal Quate developed the atomic force microscope (AFM) together with Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber. The AFM still opens new doors into the fascinating nanoworld.

On July 6, Cal Quate died at his home in Menlo Park, California, at the age of 95. “We have lost a great scientist and a wonderful human being,” says Christoph Gerber, his longstanding colleague and friend.

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