Prize Recipient

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Steven Gwon Sheng Louie
University of California, Berkeley


"For innovative applications of quantum theory and computational physics to predict the properties of condensed matter systems, especially the excitation spectra of semiconductors and insulators."


Steven G. Louie is a Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley and faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was born in 1949. He received his AB degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1972 and his Ph. D degree in Physics in 1976 all from the University of California at Berkeley.

After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, the AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, and the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980. He has been awarded a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Miller Research Professorships, the U.S. Department of Energy Award for Sustained Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics, and an Outstanding Performance Award of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Materials Research Society. His research interests have been on the electronic and structural properties of crystals, surfaces, interfaces, clusters, and materials under pressure, and on quasiparticle excitations in solids and electron correlations effects in bulk and reduced dimensional systems.