Gene Dresselhaus head shot

Gene Dresselhaus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recipient of the Buckley Prize

For pioneering research on spin-orbit coupling in crystals, particularly the foundational discovery of chiral spin-orbit interactions, which continue to enable new developments in spin transport and topological materials.

About the Recipient

Invited talk session: Q45.00002

Gene Dresselhaus studied physics at the University of California at Berkeley where he worked with Kittel and Kip on the early cyclotron resonance experiments on semiconductors and semimetals. His early postdoctoral work was at the University of Chicago and then a junior faculty position at Cornell University for 4 years. The major part of his professional career has been at MIT, first at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and later at The Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Gene passed away on September 29th, 2021.

About the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

The prize was endowed in 1952 by AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent) and is currently co-sponsored with the HTC-VIA Group as a means of recognizing outstanding scientific work. It is named in memory of Oliver E. Buckley, an influential president of Bell Labs.