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J.C. Séamus Davis

BSc(NUI 1983), PhD(University of California, Berkeley 1989), DSc(NUI 2013)

Professor UCC/Oxford/Cornell

Member ScienceElected in 2020

    Séamus Davis hails from Skibbereen, Co Cork, Ireland. He received his B.Sc from UCC in 1983 and his Ph.D. from the University of California – Berkeley, CA, USA in 1989. He became Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley and a Faculty Physicist at Berkeley National Laboratory between 1993 and 2003. He became Professor of Physics at Cornell University, New York, in 2003 and a Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed SUPA Distinguished Professor of Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, and in 2008 the J.G. White Distinguished Professor at Cornell University, USA. He has served as Director of the Center for Emergent Superconductivity for the US DOE (2009-2014). In 2019 he became J.G. White Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, USA; Professor of Physics, University of Oxford, UK; and Professor of Quantum Physics, University College Cork, Ireland; and

    Davis’ active research interests are in the macroscopic quantum physics of emergent quantum matter.

    Davis’ research has been recognized by the Outstanding Performance Award of Berkeley National Lab. (2001), the Science and Technology Award of Brookhaven National Lab. (2013), the London Memorial Prize (2005), the Kamerlingh-Onnes Memorial Prize (2009), SFI - Medal of Science (2016), Lounasmaa Memorial Prize (2020), and a UK Royal Society Research Professorship (2020). Davis is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), the American Physical Society (USA), the Max Planck Society (Germany), the Royal Irish Academy (IE) and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (2010). 

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