Prize Recipient

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Costas M. Soukoulis
Iowa State University


"For the discovery of metamaterials."


Costas Soukoulis is a Senior Scientist in the Ames Laboratory and a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Iowa State University. He received his B.Sc. from University of Athens in 1974. He obtained his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1978. From 1978 to 1981 he was at the Physics Dept. at University of Virginia. He spent 3 years (1981-84) at Exxon Research and Engineering Co. and since 1984 has been at Iowa State University (ISU) and Ames Laboratory. He has been an associated member of IESL-FORTH at Heraklion, Crete, since 1983.
His research interests is to develop theoretical understanding of the properties of disordered systems, with emphasis on electron and photon localization, photonic crystals, random lasers, and metamaterials. The theoretical models developed are often quite sophisticated to accurately reflect the complexity of real materials.
Soukoulis received the senior Humboldt Research Award; he shared the Descartes award for research on metamaterials; honorary doctorate from Vrije University in Brussels and the first Frances M. Craig endowed chair in Physics at ISU. He is Fellow of the APS, OSA, and AAAS. He has served on several boards and committees for organizations, including NSF, DOE, and European Union and he is a member of editorial board of PRL. He has been a member or a chairman of various Scientific Committees responsible for various International Conferences.

Selection Committee:

Arthur Ramirez, Chair; J.M. Phillips; R.J. Cava; D.H. Vanderbilt; S. von Molnar