Alan J Heeger
- Awards: Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000), Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics, Balzan Prize for the Science of New Materials, President’s Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the University of Pennsylvania, Chancellor’s Medal from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Honorary Doctorates from universities in the United States, Europe and Asia
Widely known for his pioneering research in and the co-founding of the field of semiconducting and metallic polymers, Professor Heeger is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000). He is a member of the National Academy of Science (USA), the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and a foreign member of the Academica Sinica (China) and the Korean Academy of Science.
Alan Heeger grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska where he majored in Physics and Mathematics. He did graduate work at UC Berkeley where he completed his PhD in Physics in 1961. His academic career began as Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He was made Professor in 1967 and served at PENN as Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter and, subsequently, as Vice Provost for Research. Prof. Heeger moved to UC Santa Barbara in 1982 where he joined the Physics Department.He currently holds the Presidential Chair at UCSB where he serves as Professor of Physics and Professor of Materials.
Prof. Heeger has more than 900 publications in scientific journals and holds approximately 50 patents. His work has been cited by the publications of others nearly 130,000 times. He founded UNIAX Corporation in 1990, is the Chairman of CBrite Inc., and the Vice-Chairman of Cynvenio. His research group in the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids continues to focus on the science and technology of semiconducting and metallic polymers.