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  • Gennes, Pierre-Gilles de 1932-2007. French physicist who won a 1991 Nobel Prize for his contributions to the understanding of how complex forms of matter, such as liquid crystals and polymers, undergo structural changes.

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  • Currently de Gennes is working at the Institut Curie (Paris), an interdisciplinary center and hospital on cancer research.

    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes - Biography

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    The Decameron

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    The Decameron

  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes developed the theory for the behavior of liquid crystals and their transitions between different ordered phases (nematic, smectic, etc).

    The Nobel Prizes in Physics 1901-2000

  • Also in these materials, de Gennes has found analogies with critical phenomena appearing in magnetic and superconducting materials.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • Another large field, where de Gennes has been very active, is that of polymer physics.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • De Gennes found the explanation in the special way the molecules of a liquid crystal are ordered.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • De Gennes has generalized the description of order for media of this type and been able to see analogies with, e.g. magnetic and superconducting materials.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • De Gennes has discovered relations between different, seemingly quite unrelated, fields of physics - connections which nobody has seen before.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

  • De Gennes has shown that mathematical models, developed for studying simpler systems, are applicable also to such complicated systems.

    The Nobel Prize in Physics 1991 - Presentation Speech

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