Albert Fert – Speaker
Nobel Laureate in 2007 for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance in 1988. Born in Carcassonne (France), his education started in 1957 at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)). He obtained his PhD in 1970, at Université Paris-Sud: Doctorat es Sciences Physiques, under supervision of I. A. Campbell, Preparation at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Orsay).
Actual position is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Sud and Scientific Director at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales (Orsay).
Among others, he has been awarded with International Prize of New Materials by the American Physical Society in 1994, the Magnetism Award by International Union for Pure and Applied Physics in 1994, the Nobel Prize in 2007, the Japan Prize and Wolf Prize in this same year.
His research is on experimental (and partly theoretical) condensed matter physics (metals, magnetism, magnetic nanostructures, spin electronics), with many contributions to the development of spin electronics. Since his 2007 Nobel Prize, he is exploring the emerging directions of the exploitation of topological properties in spintronics. His most recent works are on the topologically protected magnetic solitons called skyrmions and on the conversion between charge and spin currents by topological insulators He has more than 400 publications with 4 cited more than 1000 times.
Source: Communication – Centre national de la recherche scientifique, and Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales