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									Alan J. Heeger
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Alan Jay Heeger (born January 22, 1936) is an American physicist, academic
and Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry.                                                                    Alan Jay Heeger
                                                                                            Born            January 22, 1936 (age 76)
Heeger was born in Sioux City, Iowa to a Jewish family. He earned a B.S. in                                 Sioux City, Iowa, USA
physics and mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1957, and a              Nationality     United States
Ph.D in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. From 1962 to
                                                                                            Fields          Physics, Chemistry
1982 he was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1982 he
                                                                                            Institutions    University of Pennsylvania
commenced his present appointment as a professor in the Physics Department                                  University of California, Santa
and the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His                            Barbara
research has led to the formation of numerous start-up companies including                  Alma mater      University of Nebraska
Uniax, Konarka, and Sirigen, founded in 2003 by Guillermo C. Bazan, Patrick J.                              University of California,
                                                                                                            Berkeley
Dietzen, Brent S. Gaylord. Alan Heeger was a founder of Uniax, which was
                                                                                            Doctoral
acquired by DuPont.                                                                         advisor
                                                                                                            Alan Portis

He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000 along with Alan G. MacDiarmid                  Notable         Nobel Prize in Chemistry
                                                                                            awards          Balzan Prize
and Hideki Shirakawa "for their discovery and development of conductive
                                                                                                            ENI award
polymers;" They published their results on polyacetylene a conductive polymer in
1977[1][2]
He had won the Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society in 1983 and, in 1995, the Balzan Prize for Science
of Non-Biological Materials.
His sons are the neuroscientist David Heeger and the immunologist Peter Heeger.
In October 2010, Heeger participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Lunch with a Laureate program where
middle and high school students engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize-winning Scientist over a brown bag
lunch.[3] Heeger is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board. [4] Heeger has been a
judge of the STAGE International Script Competition three times (2006, 2007, 2010).[5]

References
   1. ^ Shirakawa, Hideki; Louis, Edwin J.; MacDiarmid, Alan G.; Chiang, Chwan K.; Heeger, Alan J. (1977). "Synthesis of electrically
      conducting organic polymers: Halogen derivatives of polyacetylene, (CH) x". Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical
      Communications (16): 578. doi:10.1039/C39770000578 .
   2. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000: Alan Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid, Hideki Shirakawa" .
   3. ^ http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2010festival/schoolprograms/lunchwithalaureate
   4. ^ http://www.usasciencefestival.org/about/advisors
   5. ^ "STAGE Judges"     . Retrieved 25 October 2011.




External links
   Curriculum Vitae of Alan J. Heeger       , webpage posted at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved
   November 18, 2007.
   Heeger Nobel Prize lecture
   Free to view video interview, Harry Kroto NL talks to Alan Heeger         provided by the Vega Science Trust.
   UCSB profile
   Nobel Prize Documentation
   Photos and video from presentation in Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

See also
      List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of California, Santa Barbara

  V   · T· E·                                            Nobel Laureates in Chemistry (1976–2000)
  William Lipscomb (1976) · Ilya Prigogine (1977) · Peter D. Mitchell (1978) · Herbert C. Brown / Georg Wittig (1979) · Paul Berg / Walter Gilbert /
       Frederick Sanger (1980) · Kenichi Fukui / Roald Hoffmann (1981) · Aaron Klug (1982) · Henry Taube (1983) · Robert Merrifield (1984) ·
  Herbert A. Hauptman / Jerome Karle (1985) · Dudley R. Herschbach / Yuan T. Lee / John Polanyi (1986) · Donald J. Cram / Jean-Marie Lehn /
         Charles J. Pedersen (1987) · Johann Deisenhofer / Robert Huber / Hartmut Michel (1988) · Sidney Altman / Thomas Cech (1989) ·
        Elias Corey (1990) · Richard R. Ernst (1991) · Rudolph A. Marcus (1992) · Kary Mullis / Michael Smith (1993) · George Olah (1994) ·
 Paul J. Crutzen / Mario J. Molina / Frank Rowland (1995) · Robert Curl / Harold Kroto / Richard Smalley (1996) · Paul D. Boyer / John E. Walker /
   Jens Christian Skou (1997) · Walter Kohn / John Pople (1998) · Ahmed Zewail (1999) · Alan J. Heeger / Alan MacDiarmid / Hideki Shirakawa
                                                                       (2000) ·
                             Complete list · (1901–1925) · (1926–1950) · (1951–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) ·



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