Stuart Parkin
IBM Almaden Research Center


"For inspiring experimental research, lectures, and writing in the area of metallic spintronics."


Stuart Parkin is an IBM Fellow (IBM’s highest technical honor), Manager of the Magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA and a Consulting professor in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He is also director of the IBM–Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center. Dr. Parkin's research interests include oxide thin films and heterostructures, high-temperature superconductors, and, magnetic thin film structures and spintronic materials and devices for advanced sensor, memory, and logic applications. Parkin’s discoveries in magnetoresistive thin film structures enable a 1000 fold increased in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives in little more than a decade. Most recently, Parkin is working on a novel storage class memory device, “Racetrack Memory“, which could replace both hard disk drives and many forms of conventional solid state memory.

Selection Committee:

Robert Street, Chair; L. Feldman; S. Pearton; M.Y. Chou