Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr



  • New Bionics Let Us Run, Climb and Dance
  • Biomechatronics
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Future

What he offers

He talks about the revolutionary approach in biomechatronics technology which combines human physiology with electromechanics and how this new technologies will affect the human life. He offers audiences an invaluable view of what is just around the corner.

How he presents

He shows the mindblowing technology which realy touches the mind and hearts of the people, in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal.

In January 1982, after having ascended a difficult technical ice route in New Hampshire, Herr and a fellow climber Jeff Batzer were caught in a blizzard and became disoriented, ultimately descending into the Great Gulf where they passed three nights in −29 °C degree temperatures. By the time they were rescued, the climbers had suffered severe frostbite. Both of Herr’s legs had to be amputated below the knees. During the rescue attempt, volunteer Albert Dow was killed by an avalanche. Following months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Herr was doing what doctors told him was unthinkable: climbing again. Using specialized prostheses that he designed.

Hugh Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. In 2011, TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics–technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. A double amputee himself, he is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. He has also designed his own bionic legs, the world’s first bionic foot and calf system called the BiOM.

Herr is the author and co-author of over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and patents, chronicling the science and technology behind his many innovations. Herr’s story has been told in the biography Second Ascent, The Story of Hugh Herr; a 2002 National Geographic film, Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr; and 2012 features in CNN, The Economist, Discover, and Nature.


  • R&D Magazine’s 2014 Innovator of the Year
  • Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award (2014) in the Technology Category
  • Spirit of Da Vinci Award (2008)
  • Action Maverick Award (2008)
  • 13th Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment (2007)
  • TIME magazine Top Ten Inventions 2007
  • TIME magazine Top Ten Inventions 2004
  • Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Leadership Award (2005)
  • Science Magazine Next Wave: Best of 2003
  • Young American Award (1990)
  • United States College Academic Team (1990)
  • Sports Hall of Fame (1989)

Presentation Languages: English

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