M. Brian Maple

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M. Brian Maple
Born (1939-11-20) November 20, 1939 (age 78)
Chula Vista, California
Residence San Diego, California
Citizenship American
Alma mater University of California, San Diego
San Diego State University
Known for work in superconductivity and magnetism
Scientific career
Fields nanophysics, superconductivity
Institutions University of California, San Diego

Merrill Brian Maple (born November 20, 1939) is an American physicist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and holds the Bernd T. Matthias Chair in the Physics Department at the University of California, San Diego, and conducts research at the university's Center for Advanced Nanoscience. He has also served as the director of UCSD's Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences (1995-2009) and its Center for Interface and Materials Science (1990-2010).[1] His primary research interest is condensed matter physics, involving phenomena like magnetism and superconductivity.[2] He has authored or co-authored more than 900 scientific publications and five patents in correlated electron physics, high pressure physics, nano physics, and surface science.

Education and career[edit]

He was born November 20, 1939 in Chula Vista, California.[3] He received BA and BS degrees in 1963 from San Diego State College (now San Diego State University). He received an MS in 1965 and a PhD in physics from UCSD in 1969, working under Matthias,[4][better source needed] and has been on the UCSD faculty since 1973. He became an associate professor in 1977, was named a full professor in 1981 and a Distinguished Professor in 2005. He has held the Bernd T. Matthias endowed chair since 1990.[5] From 2004 through 2010 he also served as chair of the physics department.

He has been granted a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984) and a Humboldt Research Award (1998). In addition to his work at UCSD he was a Bernd T. Matthias Scholar in the Center for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1993). He was granted an Honorary Professorship at the Trzebiatowski Institute for Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2006) and a Science Lectureship Award at Chiba University in Tokyo (2010).

He organized and presided over a famous "Special Session on Recent Developments in High Tc Superconductivity", nicknamed "the Woodstock of physics",[6] during the March 1987 meeting of the American Physical Society.[7] The session, which was added to the agenda at the last minute, dealt with newly discovered high temperature superconductors. It featured 51 speakers, limited to 5–10 minutes per speaker, and lasted until 3:15 AM. More than 1,800 scientists crammed into the lecture room and another 2,000 watched on television.[8] Maple also presided over a 20th-anniversary recognition and review of the famous session, held at the American Physical Society's 2007 meeting in Denver.[9]



  1. ^ a b c "M. Brian Maple". Center for Advanced Nanoscience. University of California, San Diego. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Faculty page". University of California, San Diego. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Reports of the President and the Treasurer John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
  4. ^ Bernd T. Matthias
  5. ^ "M. Brian Maple". Array of Contemporary American Physicists. American Institute of Physics. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chang, Kenneth (March 6, 2007). "Physicists Remember When Superconductors Were Hot". New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Scott, Janny (April 5, 1987). "Resistance Movement : Breakthroughs in Electrical Superconductors Have Scientists Charged Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Highlights from the papers presented at the American Physical Society meeting in New York City, March 16–20, 1987" (PDF) (Press release). American Institute of Physics. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "20th Anniversary of High Tc Superconductivity 'Woodstock' Session". Forum on the History of Physics. American Physical Society. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics". American Physical Society. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2000 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials Recipient". Division of Material Physics. American Physical Society. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ McDonald, Kim (April 20, 2004). "Two UCSD Professors In Biology And Physics Elected To National Academy Of Sciences" (Press release). UCSD. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 

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