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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, 1932-2007

by PhilipJ on 24 May 2007

I just read (via some complicated series of links that started with the Bourbaphy seminar page) that Pierre-Gilles de Gennes passed away on the 18th.

He was a true giant in the field of soft condensed matter physics, and was the sole person awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in physics for “discovering that methods developed for studying order phenomena in simple systems can be generalized to more complex forms of matter, in particular to liquid crystals and polymers”.

Le Monde has a nice writeup (for those who can read French), here.

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