K. Eric Drexler
Eric Drexler invented the high performance solar sail for his MS thesis at the MIT department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His current field of research is in nanotechnology, as chairman of the Foresight Institute and author of Engines of Creation.
- Web page: http://e-drexler.com/p/idx04/00/0404drexlerBioCV.html
- Master's thesis: "Design of a High Performance Solar Sail System"