Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Bednorz, J. Georg
Location IBM Research, Zurich
Primary Field Applied Physical Sciences
 Election Citation
Bednorz is renowned for his pioneering work on high-temperature superconductivity for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987 together with his colleague, K. Alex Mueller. This breakthrough inspired intensive search for superconducting materials and enhanced applications in economical and compact electric power transmission and superconducting magnets.
 Research Interests
Ever since Georg Bednorz had started his research activities in the physics and chemistry of materials, he did work on perovskite type oxides, to which he had been introduced during his summer student times at the IBM Research Laboratory. His work ranged from studies of structural phase transitions, dielectric and optical properties and conduction phenomena at low temperatures, including superconductivity. Crystal chemistry and engineering has always played an important role as a prerequisite to perform all these studies and remains a major tool to improve the performance of the new high temperature superconductors. ~

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