Bertrand Halperin
  • 2003 Wolf Prize in Physics


Hollis Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at the Physics Department of Harvard University. He received the 2003 Wolf Prize in Physics for " key insights into the broad range of condensed matter physics: Halperin on two-dimensional melting, disordered systems and strongly interacting electrons."

Education and Work Experience

1965, Physics, UC Berkeley
1992-2018, Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Harvard University
1999-2004, Scientific Director, Harvard Centre for Imaging and Mesoscale Structures
2018-Present, Hollis Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Harvard University

Honors and Awards

1982, APS Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize
2003, Wolf Prize in Physics
2013, Weizmann Institute of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa
2019, APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Major Academic Achievements

Bertrand Halperin's research interests concern many aspects of the theory of condensed matter systems and statistical physics. Over the years, his work has included contributions to the theories of static and dynamic critical phenomena, including melting and other phase transitions in two-dimensional systems; quantum antiferromagnets in one and two dimensions, one-dimensional metals; superconductivity; low-temperature properties of glasses; and transport in inhomogeneous media. A major portion of Halperin's work has concerned properties of two-dimensional electron systems at low temperatures in strong magnetic fields, or "quantum Hall systems." Much of his current research involves the theory of electron states and transport in small particles of a metal or semiconductor.