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David Thouless
David Thouless in 2016
BornDavid James Thouless
21 September 1934(1934-09-21)
Bearsden, Scotland[1]
Died6 April 2019(2019-04-06) (aged 84)
Cambridge, England[2]
FieldsCondensed matter physics
Alma mater
Doctoral advisorHans Bethe[3]
Notable studentsJ. Michael Kosterlitz (postdoc)[4]
Known for
Notable awards
This person won a Nobel Prize
David James Thouless (/ˈθlɛs/; 21 September 1934 – 6 April 2019) was a British physicist.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

In 2016, Thouless was reported to be suffering from dementia.[10] He died on 6 April 2019 in Cambridge, at the age of 84.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Professor David Thouless 1934-2019". Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019. 
  3. David J. Thouless at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Anon (2016). "BBC Radio 4 profile: Professor David J Thouless". London: BBC. 
  5. Devlin, Hannah; Sample, Ian (4 October 2016). "British trio win Nobel prize in physics 2016 for work on exotic states of matter – live". Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  6. "Physicist Thouless to give two talks at Lab". Archived from the original on 15 October 2006. Retrieved 2016-10-04. , Los Alamos National Laboratory
  7. The international who's who 1991-92. Europa Publ.. 1991. ISBN 978-0-946653-70-6 . 
  8. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016
  9. Gibney, Elizabeth; Castelvecchi, Davide (2016). "Physics of 2D exotic matter wins Nobel: British-born theorists recognized for work on topological phases". Nature (London: Springer Nature) 538 (7623): 18–18. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20722 . 
  10. Knapton, Sarah. "British scientists win Nobel prize in physics for work so baffling it had to be described using bagels". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 September 2017.