Prominent physicist elected foreign member of the Academy

The Academy has elected Professor Steven M. Girvin, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA as foreign member of Class III (Physics).

Steven Girvin is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale Univeristy, USA. He is a theoretical physicist who studies the quantum mechanisms of large collections of atoms, molecules and electrons that are found in suoerconductors, magnets and transistors. Girvin has made significant contributions to the theory of the quantum Hall effect and the theory of the superconductor-insulator quantum phase transition. He is currently particularly interested in the engineering question of wether it is possible to build a quantum computer.