Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2014

Stuart S. P. Parkin

Stuart Parkin has an international reputation as an outstanding, innovative solid state physicist who knows how to transpose theoretical developments in material science into technological applications.

  • Nominating University: Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics

Solid state physic

Amongst other things, Stuart Parkin's work has had a global impact on magnetic data storage. His pioneering achievements include the development of oscillatory interlayer coupling in magnetic multilayers for industrially-produced giant magnetoresistance and the discovery and utilisation of tunnelling magnetoresistance. He is currently investigating the potential for enhancing storage density with the help of a three-dimensional storage medium. Stuart Parkin is invited to become a professor in the Institute of Physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Director of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Microstructure Physics. This would help to establish Halle’s position as an outstanding international location for applied spintronics and materials science.

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Stuart Parkin at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Stuart S. P. Parkin was born in the UK in 1955. After taking his doctorate at the University of Cambridge he became a postdoc at IBM and was made a fellow in 1999 – the highest technical honour granted by IBM. From 2004 to 2006, he conducted research at RWTH Aachen University on the strength of a Humboldt Research Award. He headed the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, USA, and was the Director of the Spintronic Science and Applications Center (SpinAps) in Stanford, USA, which was founded in 2004. He was also a consulting professor at Stanford University. He holds honorary doctorates from RWTH and Eindhoven University of Technology. He is a member of numerous international academies including the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He travels the world as a visiting professor. Most recently, he received the Von Hippel Award, the highest accolade granted by the Materials Research Society. Since April 2014 the Humboldt Professor is director at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle and professor at the Institute of Physics of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.
(no longer receiving sponsorship)

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