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Freitas, Robert





Robert Freitas
A scientist, with degrees in physics, psychology, and law, who has made significant contributions to the fields of interstellar probes, particularly von Neumann probes and, more recently, nanotechnology. In the 1970s Freitas wrote a semi-technical book on extraterrestrial life, entitled Xenology, which was published only partially as a handful of articles but was privately circulated and to critical acclaim. Freitas co-edited the 1980 NASA feasibility and analysis of self-replicating space factories and, in 1996, authored the first detailed technical design study of medical nanorobots to be published in a mainstream biomedical journal. He is now a research scientist at Zyvex Corp. and does consulting on molecular assembler design.


Partial bibliography

  1. Frazer, Lance, "Alien Probes: Extraterrestrial Intelligence Isn't the Only Thing We Can Search For," Ad Astra 3 (June 1991):42-46. (Interview with Freitas).
  2. Valdes, Francisco, and Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "A Search for the Tritium Hyperfine Line from Nearby Stars," Icarus 65 (1986): 152-157.
  3. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "There Is No Fermi Paradox," Icarus 62 (1985): 518-520.
  4. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Observable Characteristics of Extraterrestrial Technological Civilizations," J. Brit. Interplanet. Soc. 38 (1985): 106-112.
  5. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., and Valdes, Francisco, "The search for extraterrestrial artifacts (SETA)," Acta Astronautica 12 (1985): 1027-1034.
  6. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Searching for Extraterrestrial Artifacts (SETA)," Spaceflight 26 (December 1984): 438-441.
  7. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., ed., Autonomy and the Human Element in Space, Final Report of the 1983 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Workshop, NASA/Ames Research Center and Stanford University, 15 February 1984, 650 pp.
  8. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Xenopsychology," Analog 104 (April 1984): 41-53.
  9. Freitas, Robert A. Freitas Jr., "Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the Solar System: Resolving the Fermi Paradox," J. Brit. Interplanet. Soc. 36 (November 1983): 496-500.
  10. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "The Case for Interstellar Probes," J. Brit. Interplanet. Soc. 36 (November 1983): 490-495.
  11. Freitas, Robert A. , "If They Are Here, Where Are They? Observational and Search Considerations," Icarus 55 (August 1983): 337-343.
  12. Valdes, Francisco, and Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "A Search for Objects Near the Earth-Moon Lagrangian Points," Icarus 53 (March 1983): 453-457.
  13. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Terraforming Mars and Venus Using Machine Self-Replicating Systems," J. Brit. Interplanet. Soc. 36 (March 1983): 139-142.
  14. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Naming Extraterrestrial Life," Nature 301 (13 January 1983): 106.
  15. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., and Golbreath, William P., eds., Advanced Automation for Space Missions, Proceedings of the 1980 NASA/ASEE Summer Study held at the University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, June 23-August 29, 1980. NASA Conference Publication CP-2255 (N83-15348), November 1982, 393 pp.
  16. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "The Search for Bracewell Probes," Science News 122 (7 August 1982): 89.
  17. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Xenobiology," Analog 101 (30 March 1981): 30-41.
  18. Valdes, Francisco, and Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Comparison of Reproducing and Nonreproducing Starprobe Strategies for Galactic Exploration," J. British Interplanet. Soc. 33 (November 1980): 402-408.
  19. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "A Self-Reproducing Interstellar Probe," J. British Interplanet. Soc. 33 (July 1980): 251-264.
  20. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., and Valdes, Francisco, "A Search for Natural or Artificial Objects Located at the Earth-Moon Libration Points," Icarus 42 (June 1980): 442-447.
  21. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Interstellar Probes: A New Approach to SETI," J. British Interplanet. Soc. 33 (March 1980): 95-100.
  22. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "High Energy Particle Beams for CETI," Spaceflight 19 (October 1977): 378-379.
  23. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "The Legal Rights of Extraterrestrials," Analog 97 (April 1977): 54-67.
  24. Freitas, Robert A. Jr., "Metalaw and Interstellar Relations," Mercury 6 (March/April 1977): 15-17.

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