Gerald Pollack, PhD, Professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, has developed a theory of water that has been called revolutionary. He received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, before joining the faculty of the University of Washington. His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an Excellence Award from the Society for Technical Communication; his more recent book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, won that Society's Distinguished Award. His most recent book is The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Vapor (2013).
He received the Biomedical Engineering Society's Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, he was the faculty member selected by the University of Washington faculty to receive their highest annual distinction: the Faculty Lecturer Award. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Water, and has recently received an NIH Transformative R01 Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal.