By Rachel Fergus.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was announced by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three gentlemen: David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for their work in researching phases of matter. The three laureates work for universities in the Unites States.
- Thouless, 82, is from the United Kingdom but has been developing his work at the University of Washington in Washington State. Thouless shares half of the prize.
- F. Duncan M. Haldane, 65, is from London, and is currently working in Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Haldane shares one-fourth of the prize.
- Kosterlitz, 74, is also from the UK and is currently working at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Kosterlitz shares one fourth of the prize.
The gentlemen were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work in “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”. Basically, the three laureates have shown that matter can exist in strange states. The confirmation that there are uncommon states of matter has sparked a hope to find and use these elements in science and electronics.
Reactions from the 2016 Physics Nobel Prize Winners:
“I was very surprised and very gratified, the work was a long time ago, but it’s only now that a lot of tremendous new discoveries are based on this original work, and have extended it.” – Dr. Haldane
“I’m a little bit dazzled, I’m still trying to take it in.” – Dr. Kosterlitz
 Nobelprize.org Physics Prizes, 2016.
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