Shoucheng Zhang

Stanford University

February 15, 1963 - December 1, 2018

Scientific Discipline: Physics
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2015)

Prof. Shoucheng Zhang joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993, and was the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics. He also held a joint appointment in the department of applied physics and electrical engineering. He was a member of the US National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He discovered a new state of matter called topological insulator in which electrons can conduct along the edge without dissipation, enabling a new generation of electronic devices with much lower power consumption. For this ground breaking work he received numerous international awards, including the Buckley Prize, the Dirac Medal and Prize, the Europhysics Prize, the Physics Frontiers Prize and the Benjamin Franklin Medal.

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