John Slonczewski

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John Slonczewski
BornJuly 26, 1929
New York City, New York, United States
DiedMay 31, 2019 (aged 89) [1]
Katonah, New York, United States
Alma materRutgers University,[2]
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Known forTheory of magnetism, Stoner–Wohlfarth astroid curve
AwardsOliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (2013)
IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award
Scientific career
FieldsCondensed matter theory
InstitutionsIBM Research

John Slonczewski was an American physicist known for his work on spin dynamics in magnetic systems.


Slonczewski did his undergraduate education at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1950 and started his PhD on "Band structure of Graphite" at Rutgers University in 1958.[3] He then joined the IBM Research center in Yorktown, New York as a staff researcher, where he stayed till his retirement in 2002. Slonczewski is known for his extensive theoretical study of magnetic system, in particular his applications of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ)s.

In 1979, Slonczewski co-authored a book entitled "Magnetic Domain Walls in Bubble Materials: Advances in Materials and Device Research".[4]

In 2012, Slonczewski received the IEEE Magnetics Society achievement award.[5] Along with Luc Berger, he was awarded the 2013 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize by the American Physical Society "for predicting spin-transfer torque and opening the field of current-induced control over magnetic nanostructures."[2]


  1. ^ "John C. Slonczewski Friday, May 31, 2019". Clark Associates Funeral Home. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "2013 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  3. ^ Maekawa, Sadamichi; Sun, Jonathan Z. (2020). "A memorial symposium for John C. Slonczewski at the 64th MMM conference". AIP Advances. 10 (3): 030401. doi:10.1063/1.5129974. S2CID 216161043.
  4. ^ Malozemoff, A. P.; Slonczewski, J. C. (September 2016). Magnetic Domain Walls in Bubble Materials. ISBN 9781483214764.
  5. ^ "IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award". IEEE Magnetics Society. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

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