John Slonczewski

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John Slonczewski
BornJuly 26, 1929
DiedMay 31, 2019
Katonah, NY
Alma materRutgers University,[1]
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 completed his PhD from the Rutgers University in 1955. 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 2012, Slonczewski received the IEEE Magnetics Society achievement award.[2] 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."[1]


  1. ^ a b "2013 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  2. ^ "IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award". IEEE Magnetics Society. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

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