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David Thouless

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David Thouless in 2016
David James Thouless

(1934-09-21)21 September 1934
Bearsden, Scotland
Died 6 April 2019(2019-04-06) (aged 84)
Cambridge, England
Nationality British
Alma mater
Known for
  • Kosterlitz–Thouless transition
  • Thouless energy
  • Topological quantum numbers
Margaret Elizabeth Scrase (m. 1958)
Children 3
Scientific career
Fields Condensed matter physics
Thesis The application of perturbation methods to the theory of nuclear matter (1958)
Doctoral advisor Hans Bethe
Notable students J. Michael Kosterlitz (postdoc)

David James Thouless FRS ( 21 September 1934 – 6 April 2019) was a British physicist. He is a winner of the Wolf Prize and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics along with F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.

In 2016, Thouless was reported to be suffering from dementia. He died on 6 April 2019 in Cambridge, at the age of 84.

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