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Albert Fert, curriculum vitae

Born : March 7, 1938- Carcassonne, France
Nationality : French
Marital status : married, two children.

Education
1957-1962 - Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris): Maîtrise de Mathématiques, Maîtrise de Physique.
1963 - Université de Paris : Thèse de 3ème cycle, Title: " NMR of hydrogen absorbed by palladium ", Supervisor : P. Averbuch, Preparation at Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale (Orsay) and Laboratoire de Spectrométrie Physique (Grenoble).
1970 – Université Paris-Sud : Doctorat es Sciences Physiques, Title: " Transport properties of nickel et iron ", Supervisor : I. A. Campbell, Preparation at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Orsay).

Main Positions
1962-1964 : Assistant at Université de Grenoble
( 1964-1965 : military service)
1964-1976 : Maitre Assistant at Université Paris-Sud (Orsay)
1976 to now: Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Sud.

Research
1970-1995: Leader of a research group at Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (Université Paris-Sud, Orsay).
1995 to now: Scientific Director at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales (Orsay).
Experimental (and theoretical) research in condensed matter physics (metals, magnetism, magnetic nanostructures, spin electronics). Discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance in 1988. Many contributions to the development of spin electronics.
Publications : about 270 (one of them, with 2455 citations before March 2003, is in the " Top Ten " of the ten most cited Physical Review. Letters articles since the creation of PRL in1953).

Prizes
1994: International Prize for New Materials awarded by American Physical Society
1994: Magnetism Award awarded by International Union for Pure and Applied Physics
1994: Grand Prix de Physique Jean Ricard awarded by Société française de Physique
1997: Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize awarded by European Physical Society
2003: Médaille d'or du CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
2007 : Japan Prize
2007 : Wolf Prize
2007 : Nobel Prize in Physics


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