David Awschalom

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David Awschalom speaking at the 2013 Nobel Week Dialogue in Göteborg, Sweden.

David D. Awschalom (born 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States)[1] is an American condensed matter experimental physicist. He is best known for his work in spintronics in semiconductors. Awschalom was awarded the 2005 Oliver E Buckley Prize by the American Physical Society, and the 2005 Agilent Europhysics Prize by the European Physical Society. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Awschalom graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a B.Sc. in physics. He received a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Cornell University.[2] He is the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering. He previously served as the Director of the California Nanosystems Institute and was a professor in the Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as an associated faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has a Hirsch number of 87.


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "David Awschalom". The Awschalom Group. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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