Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now professor of Bioengineering. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science.
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 2001 book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, and his newest book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor won that Society’s “Distinguished Award,” their highest distinction. The latter book went on to receive the World Summit Excellence Award.
Pollack received an honorary doctorate in 2002 from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and foreign member and Academician of the Srpska Academy. He received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, his colleagues chose him as the recipient of his university’s highest annual distinction: the UW Faculty Lecturer Award.
Pollack 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 received an NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems, and in 2014 he received the Scientific Excellence Award from the World Academy of Neural Therapy, as well as the Society for Scientific Exploration’s Dinsdale Prize. In 2015, he won the Brandlaureate Award, previously bestowed on notables such as Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs. In 2016 he was awarded the 1st Emoto Peace Prize.
Crystal Stone: Someone recently texted me to say “What’s a chief imaginator”. Since that’s wha I called myself on my Facebook page. I guess I should explain: I imagined a store like mine, and thought of a name, drew people to me that could make it happen, kept my nose to the grindstone, and we finally created Crystal Voyage, LLC. I may be the owner, but the store really belongs to the people who for the last 29 years have frequented here, and those who have cared enough to support and encourage spiritual and emotional growth for our customers, and clients.
I have a firm conviction that knowledge and understanding of all cultures, faiths and religions will help all people of planet Earth learn to co-create a harmonious and benevolent environment where all kingdoms; i.e. animal, mineral and plant, may someday exist in a perfect balance.
I know it’s not yet a perfect world, and maybe never has been, but I’m still imagining, with a wing and a prayer…and maybe many prayers. For now, join me in IMAGINING peaceful harmony for mother Gaia and all her inhabitants.