Prize Recipient

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Arthur P. Ramirez
University of California, Santa Cruz


"For the intellectual leadership in the identification of geometrically frustrated magnets as an important class of materials."


Arthur Ramirez is dean of the Baskin School of Engineering and professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He received his B.S. in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1984, both in physics from Yale University. From 1984-2000 he was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. From 2001-2003 he was a group leader at Los Alamos. He returned to Bell Labs as director of condensed matter physics in 2003. His research focuses on experimental properties of condensed matter.  His thesis work concerned soliton thermodynamics in the quasi-1D ferromagnet CsNiF3.  Accomplishments apart from his work on geometrically frustrated magnets include the thermodynamic identification of superconductivity in (La,Sr)2CuO4, co-discovery of superconductivity in K3C60, and elucidating the phase diagram of the colossal magnetoresistance material (La,Ca)MnO3. He has also worked on heavy fermions, 2D hole gas transport, thermoelectric cooling materials, organic semiconductors, and multiferroics.  Ramirez has served on the Executive Board of the APS, the Executive Committee of DCMP, the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics Committee of the NAS, and is presently serving on the Naval Research Advisory Committee.   He was a Bell Labs Cooperative Research Program pre-doctoral fellow and is an APS fellow.

Selection Committee:

Darrell Schlom, Chair; S. Bader; D. Cahill; N. Spaldin; A. Zettl