Langworthy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Manchester and Director of the Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology.
Andre Geim is the Langworthy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Manchester and Director of the Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology. He has received many international awards and distinctions, including medals from the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society and honorary doctorates from Delft University and ETH Zurich. Most notably, in 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work on graphene, a one-atom-thick material made of carbon. According to bibliometric institute Thomson-Reuters, Professor Geim is responsible for initiating three new research fronts – diamagnetic levitation, gecko tape and graphene. He is the only recipient of both Nobel and IgNobel Prizes. He also received Dutch and British knighthoods.
Professor Geim was born in Russia in 1958 and holds dual British and Dutch citizenship. He started his academic career in Moscow, spent 4 years as postdoctoral researcher at universities of Nottingham, Bath and Copenhagen and then moved to the Netherlands as associate professor in 1994. He came to Manchester University as Professor of Physics in 2001. Sir Andre remains focused on research, and Thomson-Reuters named him among the world’s 10 most active researchers for 2009, 2010 and 2011.