Prize Recipient

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Zhi-Xun Shen
Stanford University


"For innovations in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, which advanced the understanding of the cuprate superconductors, and transformed the study of strongly-correlated electronic systems."


Dr. Shen received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1989, M.S. from Rutgers University in 1985, and B.S from Fudan University in 1983. He is the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences of Stanford University, and has been a Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and SLAC Photon Science since 2000, an Associate Professor (1996-2000), and Assistant Professor (1992-1996). He is the Chief Scientist of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2010-). He is also the founding Director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) (2006-).  Dr. Shen's research interest lies in the area of condensed matter and materials physics, as well as the energy applications of materials.  His current research topics include: superconductivity and electronic materials, nano-structured diamond, photon enhanced thermionic emission for solar concentrator systems.  He develops precision instrumentation, involving modern light sources, photoelectron, laser and microwave spectroscopy and imaging. Dr. Shen's awards include: American Physical Society Centennial Lecture (1999); Kammerlingh Onnes Prize (2000); The Takeda Foundation Techno-Entrepreneurship Award (2002), American Physical Society Fellow (2002); Invitee of Solvay Conference on Physics (2008); E.O.  Lawrence Award (2009).

Selection Committee:

Nigel D. Goldenfeld, Chair; M. Beasley; D. Levine; J.M. Phillips; K.M. Rabe