Bertram Batlogg

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Bertram Batlogg
Alma materETH Zurich
Known forHigh-temperature superconductivity
AwardsDavid Adler Lectureship Award (2000)
Bernd T. Matthias Prize
Scientific career
FieldsMaterial science
InstitutionsETH Zurich
Bell Labs

Bertram Josef Richard Batlogg is an Austrian physicist known for his research on high-temperature superconductivity.[1]

Batlogg was born in the town of Bludenz in Austria. He is the great-grandson of the freedom fighter Johann Josef Batlogg.[2] Batlogg was educated in the Swiss Federal Institute ETH Zurich, earning his diploma in physics in 1974, and his Ph.D. in 1979 working with mixed valence rare-earth compounds.[3] He then joined Bell Labs, first as a post-doctoral researcher, and rising to be the head of the Solid State Physics and Materials Research Division at Bell Labs by 1986.[4] After the discovery of high-temperature superconductors in 1987, Batlogg studied various cuprate compounds and together with Robert Cava discovered several transition metal oxide superconductors with high transition temperatures.[4] In 1997, he won the Bell Labs' Bernd Matthias Prize for his research on superconductivity.

Starting in 1998, Batlogg worked with Christian Kloc and Jan Hendrik Schön to study electronic properties of organic crystals. Over the next two years, the collaboration produced a series of ground-breaking papers regarding properties of these materials. However, the experimental data provided by Schön was later shown to be fraudulent, and several of the most important papers were retracted by the authors. The incident came to be known as the Schön scandal. Batlogg, Kloc and Schön's other collaborators were cleared of all scientific wrongdoing by an external committee appointed by Bell Labs.[5]

Batlogg joined ETH, Zurich as a professor in 2000, where he remained until his retirement in 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "2000 David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ "The Physicist Bertram Batlogg". Loccata. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Prof. Dr. Bertram Batlogg". ETH Zurich. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b "He Turned Up The Heat On a Very Cold Subject". Bell Labs. Alcatel-Lucent. Archived from the original on 2 February 1999. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ Service, Robert F. (May 2002). "Pioneering Physics Papers Under Suspicion for Data Manipulation". Science. 296 (5572): 1376–1377. doi:10.1126/science.296.5572.1376. PMID 12029100. Retrieved 27 July 2012.