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"For his pioneering work on amorphous semiconductors on narrow band oxides with emphasis on both the magnetic and transport properties of high Tc superconductors and most recently, on nanoscale semiconductor structures."Background:
Kastner received his Ph D in physics from the University of Chicago in 1971 and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow there before joining MIT's physics department, where he is presently the Donner Professor of Science. He was one of the four original directors of the Consortium for Superconducting Electronics, a collaborative program between AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM, MIT and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory to advance the technology of thin film superconducting electronics. In 1993 he was named director of MIT's Center for Material Science and Engineering.