Prize Recipient

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Donald M. Ginsberg
University of Illinois


"For using phase-sensitive experiments in the elucidation of the orbital symmetry of the pairing function in high-Tc superconductors."


Dr. Ginsberg received a BA in 1952, a BS in 1955 and a MS in 1956 from the University of Chicago. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960 for work with Prof. M. Tinkham (also a former Buckley Prize Recipient - 1974). He has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1960.

Dr. Ginsberg's research has been devoted to performing and interpreting experiments on superconductors. He has developed procedures for making superconducting films and crystals. His major interests have been electromagnetic absorption and the penetration depth; the superconducting coherence length and proximity effects; effects of the superconducting energy gap, strong electron-phonon coupling, and magnetic dopant atoms; the motions of magnetic vortices; thermodynamic fluctuations; and the properties of high-field and high-temperature superconductors, including Chevrel-phase compounds and cuprates. He has edited a five-volume book, Physical Properties of High Temperature Superconductors.

Dr. Ginsberg is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, was a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and is a Fellow of the APS. He received the University of Illinois Engineering College's Daniel C. Drucker - Tau Beta Pi Eminent Faculty Award in 1992 and a University Scholar Award in 1994.

Selection Committee:

John Clarke (Chair), A. Douglas Stone, Raymond E Goldstein, Herman Z Cummins, Charles Pence Slichter, ('97 Rcpnt)