Laureates of the Japan Prize


Prof. Dr. Peter Grünberg

2007 (23rd) Japan Prize Laureate

Innovative Devices Inspired by Basic Research
The discovery of Giant Magneto-Resistance(GMR) and its contribution to development of innovative spin-electronics devices
Commemorative Lecture
Spin-Transfer Phenomena in Layered Magnetic Structures
Nationality: Germany
Date of Birth: 18, May 1939
Academic Degrees:
1966 Diploma in Physics, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
1969 Ph. D in Physics, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany
1984 Habilitation, Universitat zu Koln, Germany
Professional Career:
1969-1972 Postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University,Ottawa Canada
1972 Research scientist,IFF-Forschungszentrum Julich Germany
1984 Habilitation and lecturer, Universitat zu Koln, Germany
1984-1985 Visiting scientist, Argonne National Laboratories, USA
1988 Visiting professor, JRCAT, Tsukuba Research Center,Japan
1998 Visiting professor, IMR, Tohoku University,Sendai, Japan
Title: The Research Center of Solid State Physics
Major Publications:
  1. P. Grünberg, R. Schreiber, Y. Pang, M.B. Brodsky and H. Sowers "Layered Magnetic Structures: Evidence for Antiferromagnetic Coupling of Fe Layers across Cr Interlayers", Physical Review Letters 57, 2442-2445 (1986)
  2. G. Binasch, P. Grünberg, F. Saurenbach, and W. Zinn "Enhanced magnetoresistance in layered magnetic structures with antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange", Physical Review B 39, 4828-4830 (1989)
Major Honors:
  • The American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials, together with A. Fert and S.S.P. Parkin (1994)
  • IUPAP Magnetism Award, together with A. Fert (1994)
  • Technologiepreis des Vereins der Freunde und Foerderer des Forschungszentrums Julich (1996)
  • The European Physical Society-Hewlett Packard Prize together with A. Fert and S.S.P. Parkin (1997)
  • The German Prize of the President of the German Federal Republic for Innovation and Advancement of Ttechnology (1998)
  • "Manfred-von-Ardenne Prize for Applied Physics by the European Society of Thin Films (2004)
  • "European Inventor of the Year 2006 in the category Universities and Research Institutions" European Patent Office (2006)
  • "Stern- Gerlach-Medal" of the German Physical Society (2007)
  • External member of the "Max-Planck-Institut fur Mikrostrukturphysik" in Halle/Saale, Germany (2003)

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