Prize Recipient


Arthur F. Hebard
University of Florida


"For the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in non-oxide systems."


Arthur F. Hebard received his undergraduate degree in physics from Yale University in 1962 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1971. His thesis work focused on an experimental search for free quarks residing on magnetically suspended superconducting spheres. In 1972 Hebard became a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories where he specialized in research on thin-film superconductors. This work included the development of a two-coil technique to measure the magnetic penetration length, frequency-dependent studies of the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in two-dimensional superconductors and the determination of magnetic field driven superconductor-insulator transitions. His collaborative paper titled "Superconductivity at 18K in potassium-doped C60" by Hebard et al. [Nature 350, 600(1991)] was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Science Watch as the research paper most frequently cited in 1991. In 1996 Hebard moved to the University of Florida where he is currently a distinguished Professor of Physics specializing in the study of magnetism in thin films and at thin film interfaces of complex oxides and semiconductors. Hebard is a Fellow of the APS and AAAS. He is coauthor on more than 220 peer-reviewed papers, holds 10 patents, and currently serves as an Associate editor for Reviews of Modern Physics.

Selection Committee:

Christopher B. Murray (Chair), B.R. Appleton, A. Epstein, A. Millis, J. Hsu