Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Prof. Albert Fert

Prof. Albert Fert

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    7 March 1938

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2007 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Innovative Devices Inspired by Basic Research
  • Achievement:
    The discovery of Giant Magneto-Resistance(GMR) and its contribution to development of innovative spin-electronics devices
  • Lecture:
    Origins, Development and Future of Spintronics

Major Honors

1994 The American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials, together with P. Grünberg and S.S.P. Parkin
1994 IUPAP Magnetism Award, together with P. Grünberg
1994 The French Physical Society Jean Ricard Grand Prize
1997 The European Physical Society-Hewlett Packard Prize together with P. Grünberg and S.S.P. Parkin
2003 Honoris Causa Doctorate of the University of Dublin (Ireland)
2003 Gold Medal of the French "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique" (CNRS).
2006 Honoris Causa Doctorate of the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany)


2004 The French Academy of Science

Academic Degrees

1957-1962 Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), Master inMathematics,Master inPhysics
1963 UniversiteParis, Master thesis (physics)
1970 Doctor of Physical Science, Universite Paris-Sud

Professional Career

1962-1964 Teaching assistant,Universite de Grenoble
1965-1976 Maitre-Assistant (lecturer), Universite Paris-Sud (Orsay)
1970-1995 Leader of a research group, Laboratory of Solid StatePhysics, Universite Paris-Sud
From 1976 Professor in Physics,Universite Paris-Sud
From 1995 Scientific Director, Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales (Orsay, Palaiseauafter 2005)


  • University of Paris-South

Major Publications

  • Fert and I. A. Campbell, "Two-Current Conduction in Nickel", Physical Review Letters 21, 1190-1192 (1968)
  • M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. Nguyen Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Eitenne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, "Giant Magnetoresistance of (001) Fe/(001) Cr Magnetic Superlattices", Physical Review Letters 61, 2472-2475 (1988)
  • T. Valet and A. Fert, "Theory of the perpendicular magnetoresistance in magnetic multilayers", Physical review B 48, 7099 (1993)
  • A. Fert and H. Jaffres, "Conditions for efficient spin injection from a ferromagnetic metal into a semiconductor", Physical Review B 64, 184420 (2001)
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