Charles L. Kane

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Charles L. Kane
Born (1963-01-12) January 12, 1963 (age 54)
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Citizenship United States of America
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago
Awards Dirac Prize (2012)
Oliver E. Buckley Prize (2012)
Franklin Medal (2015)
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical condensed matter physics
Institutions University of Pennsylvania
Academic advisors Patrick A. Lee

Charles L. Kane (born January 12, 1963) is a theoretical condensed matter physicist and is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a B.S. in physics at the University of Chicago in 1985 and his Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania he was a postdoctoral associate at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center working with his mentor Matthew P. A. Fisher, among others.

Kane is notable for theoretically predicting the quantum spin Hall effect and what would later be known as topological insulators.[1]

He received the 2012 Dirac Prize, along with Shoucheng Zhang and Duncan Haldane, for their groundbreaking work on two- and three-dimensional topological insulators.[2][3] In the same year he was also chosen for the inaugural class of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences Simons Investigators.[4][5] He also shared one of the 2013 Physics Frontiers prizes with Laurens Molenkamp and Shoucheng Zhang for their work on topological insulators.[6]