David Thouless wins Nobel prize in physics

Congratulations to the three British scientists who have won the Nobel prize in physics for their work on exotic states of matter that may pave the way for quantum computers and other revolutionary technologies.

David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz will share the 8m Swedish kronor prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday.  Special congratulations to David Thouless, 82, a valued Life Member of the college, who was born in Bearsden in Scotland and now works at the University of Washington in Seattle, who was awarded half of the prize.

In 1983 he was elected to the Royal Society Professorship at the Cavendish Laboratory and was elected to a Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall.  Later that year the Governing Body elected him as an Official Fellow of the college and he proceeded to split his time between Cambridge and his post at the University of Washington.  He remained a fellow until his resignation as the Royal Society Professor in order to return to Seattle in 1986