Albert Fert

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Albert Fert (French: [albɛʁ fɛʁ]; born 7 March 1938) is a French physicist and one of the discoverers of giant magnetoresistance which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks. Currently, he is an emeritus professor at Paris-Saclay University in Orsay, scientific director of a joint laboratory (Unité mixte de recherche) between the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (National Scientific Research Centre) and Thales Group, and adjunct professor at Michigan State University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Albert Fert has received more than 191,368 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Albert Fert is the 152nd most popular physicist (down from 136th in 2019), the 636th most popular biography from France and the 19th most popular French Physicist.

Albert Fert is most famous for his work in the field of solid state physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2007 for his work on the physical properties of materials.

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Among physicists, Albert Fert ranks 152 out of 851Before him are Pavel Cherenkov, Hannes Alfvén, Simon van der Meer, Karl Schwarzschild, Willard Boyle, and Johann Jakob Balmer. After him are Hans Geiger, Maurice Wilkins, Arthur Compton, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Hugh Everett III, and Henry Moseley.

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Among people born in 1938, Albert Fert ranks 33Before him are Rod Laver, Giuliano Gemma, Jean Seberg, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Abulfaz Elchibey, and Marina Vlady. After him are Giorgetto Giugiaro, Fuad Masum, Otto Rehhagel, Heinz Fischer, Diana Rigg, and José Altafini.

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In France

Among people born in France, Albert Fert ranks 636 out of 6,770Before him are Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), Léon Walras (1834), Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837), Gaston Leroux (1868), and Paul Doumer (1857). After him are Chlodomer (495), Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741), Hugues de Payens (1074), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Emma of Normandy (985), and W. Somerset Maugham (1874).

Among PHYSICISTS In France

Among physicists born in France, Albert Fert ranks 19Before him are Alfred Kastler (1902), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Paul Langevin (1872), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788), and Jacques Charles (1763). After him are Benoît Paul Émile Clapeyron (1799), Louis Néel (1904), Alain Aspect (1947), Edme Mariotte (1620), Gérard Mourou (1944), and Claude-Louis Navier (1785).