• TEM invented by Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll

  • Norio Taniguchi coins nano-technology

  • Heinrich Rohrer invents STM

  • Richard Smalley, Robert Curl and Harold Kroto discover bucky ball

  • AFM invented

  • Eric Drexler independently uses "nanotechnology" in Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology

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  • Bill Clinton starts National Nanotechnology Initiative

  • George Bush signs Nanotechnology Research and Development Act