Two British Fulbright Alumni Receive the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics

Congratulations to David J Thouless, F Duncan Haldane and
J Michael Kosterlitz

2016 Nobel Prize in Physics Winners
David J Thouless, F Duncan Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz (L-R). Photo credit: N Elmehed/2016 Nobel Prize

On 4 October, the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics to three British scientists for their research into strange states of matter. The Laureates share the prize, with half to David J Thouless and the other half to F Duncan Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz.

All three Laureates are British academics working at US universities.

David J Thouless and J Michael Kosterlitz are alumni of the US-UK Fulbright programme: Dr Thouless was a Fulbright Foreign Student at Cornell University in 1956-57, and Dr Kosterlitz was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Cornell in 1973.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission congratulates all three Laureates on their success.

The Nobel Prize committee recognized the Laureates for their work to open “the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films.

"Thanks to their pioneering work, the hunt is now on for new and exotic phases of matter. Many people are hopeful of future applications in both materials science and electronics.”

These two 2016 Laureates raise the total number of Fulbright alumni who have received Nobel Prizes to 56.