Sir Andre Geim
Sir Andre Geim is the Regius, Langworthy and Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester. He has received many international awards and distinctions, including medals from the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society and honorary doctorates from the University of Delft and ETH Zurich. Most notably, he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on graphene, a one-atom-thick material made of carbon.
Andre Geim was born in Russia in 1958 to German parents and holds dual British and Dutch citizenship. He started his academic career in Moscow, spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the universities of Nottingham, Bath and Copenhagen and then moved to the Netherlands as associate professor before coming to Manchester in 2001.
During his career, Andre Geim has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, of which more than 50 papers are cited over 100 times, with more than 10 cited over 1,000 times and one cited over 10,000 times. Thomson-Reuters repeatedly named him among the world’s most active scientists and attribute to him the initiation of three new research fronts – diamagnetic levitation,gecko tape and graphene.
Andre Geim was also awarded the IgNobel prize in 2000 for his work on levitating frogs, becoming the only recipient of both Nobel and IgNobel Prizes. He has also received both Dutch and British knighthoods. He is married to a fellow physicist and long-term collaborator and has a daughter.