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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

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Dates

October 24, 1932 – May 18, 2007

Authorized Form of Name

Gennes, Pierre-Gilles de

Additional Forms of Names

De Gennes, Pierre-Gilles

Gennes, P. G. de (Pierre Gilles)

Gennes, Pierre-G. de

Gennes, Pierre-Gilles de, 1932-2007

Жен, Пьер Жиль де, 1932-2007

دي،, جين، بيير ج., 1932-2007

Biography

Abstract

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes was a condensed matter physicist at the Collège de France. He was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics "for discovering that methods developed for studying order phenomena in simple systems can be generalized to more complex forms of matter, in particular to liquid crystals and polymers."

Important Dates

October 24, 1932Birth, Paris (France).

1955Obtained PhD in Physics, École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris (France).

1955 – 1957Research Engineer, Atomic Energy Center, Saclay (France).

1959Postdoctoral student, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1961Assistant Professor, University of Paris (Université de Paris), Paris (France).

1971Participant, STRASACOL (a joint action of Strasbourg, Saclay and College de France).

1971 – 1976Professor, Collège de France, Paris (France).

1976 – 2002Director, Ecole de Physique et Chimie (ESPCI ParisTech), Paris (France).

1984Foreign Member, Royal Society.

1987Awarded the Matteucci Medal.

1988Awarded Harvey Prize.

1990Awarded Lorentz Medal.

1990Awarded Wolf Prize.

1991Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics "for discovering that methods developed for studying order phenomena in simple systems can be generalized to more complex forms of matter, in particular to liquid crystals and polymers".

1991Awarded Physics Prize.

1997Awarded the F. A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research, American Chemical Society.

1998Awarded Eringen Medal.

2005Researcher, Institut Curie (Paris).

May 18, 2007Death, Orsay (France).

Occupation

Condensed matter physicist.

Places

Birth

Paris (France)

Graduate Education

Paris (France)

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Saclay (France)

Paris (France)

Paris (France)

Death

Orsay (France)

Subjects

Condensed matter.

Magnetism.

Polymer chemistry.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Deutscher, Guy

Advised by Gennes at Université d'Orsay Paris-Sud.

Granick, Steve

Advised by Gennes at Collège de France.

Kittel, Charles

Post-doc advisor at University of California, Berkeley.

Leibler, Stanislas

Advised by Gennes at Université d'Orsay Paris-Sud.

Perrin, Francis

PhD advisor at école normale supérieure (ENS Paris).

Pincus, P. A.

Advised by Gennes at Saclay Nuclear Research Center (CEA Saclay).

Additional

Badoz, J.

Curie, Pierre, 1859-1906

Institutions

Major Positions

Collège de France

Professor.

Ecole supérieure de physique et de chimie (Paris, France)

Director.

Institut Curie

Researcher.

Université de Paris

Assistant Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Chemical Society

Awarded the F. A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research.

École normale supérieure (France)

Obtained PhD in Physics (1955).

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Foreign Member.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Postdoctoral student.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Selected talks from Corporate Associates Meetings [videorecording] : 1983-1987.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Fragile objects: soft matter, hard science, and the thrill of discovery/ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Jacques Badoz; translated by Axel Reisinger.

Scaling concepts in polymer physics/ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes.

Superconductivity of metals and alloys [by] P.G. de Gennes. Translated by P.A. Pincus.

Subject

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Encyclopaedia Britannica

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Nobel Prize Biography