Alan J. Heeger

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alan J. Heeger (2013)

Alan Jay Heeger (born January 22, 1936 in Sioux City , Iowa ) is an American chemist and physicist . Together with Alan G. MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa , he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000 for the discovery and development of conductive polymers .


Heeger studied at the University of Nebraska (Bachelor 1957) and received his doctorate in 1961 under Alan Mark Portis (1926-2010) at the University of California, Berkeley with the thesis Studies on the magnetic properties of canted antiferromagnets . From 1962 he was Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania , where he was Associate Professor in 1964 and Professor in 1967. From 1974 to 1981 he was director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter.

He has been teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1982 , initially as a professor of physics, from 1987 as a professor of materials. From 1982 to 1999 he was director of the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids there.

In 1963 he became a Sloan Research Fellow , and in 1968/69 he was a Guggenheim Fellow visiting professor at the University of Geneva . He was also a 1969 fellow of the American Physical Society . From 1988 he was Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Utah .

In 1990 he founded the UNIAX Corporation.

In 1983 he received the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize of the American Physical Society. In 1995 he received the Balzan Prize and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2001 .

Web links

Commons : Alan J. Heeger  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biographical data, publications and academic family tree of Alan J. Heeger at, accessed on February 9, 2018.
  2. Bio-bibliography. In: International Balzan Prize Foundation. Retrieved January 22, 2020 .