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OF, Professor David Thouless, wins the Nobel Prize in Physics

We were extremely proud to hear that back in December, David Thouless, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington and an Old Fidelian, was one of three winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. He won half the prize for his theoretical discoveries of Topological Phase Transitions and Topological Phases of Matter. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz will share the other half of the eight million Swedish Krona prize for their work in the same field.

Alison Price, Head of Science, explains that Professor Thouless’ discovery shows that ‘matters can act in strange ways when flattened into a thin film, paving the way for quantum computing. His discoveries have opened up new fields of research and have had implications for the myriad of electronic devices that influence our world today!’.

Mrs Price continues, ‘We are thrilled that an Old Fidelian has been bestowed this honour. It is an inspiration to us that even though the practical applications of research may take many years to emerge, scientific research and education continue to be of fundamental importance.’

Professor Thouless has received many other awards and honours for his ground-breaking work during his career. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1979, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1981 and earned the prestigious Wolf Prize for Physics in 1990. He received his Nobel Prize from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm Concert Hall on 10th December 2016.

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