Alan Jay Heeger

Alan Jay Heeger

Heeger, Alan Jay, 1936-, American physicist and chemist, b. Sioux City, Iowa, Ph.D. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1961. Heeger has held faculty positions at the Univ. of Pennsylvania (1962-82) and the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (1982-). He was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Alan MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa for their work on electrically conductive polymers. These materials, which have the electrical properties of metals and the manufacturing advantages of polymers, have a variety of applications, including use as antistatic substances for photographic film, shields for computer screens, and "smart" windows to block sunlight.
Alan Jay Heeger (born January 22, 1936) is an American physicist, academic and Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry.

Heeger was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1957, and a Ph.D in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. From 1962-1982 he was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1982 he commenced his present appointment as a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research has led to the formation of numerous start-up companies including Uniax, Konarka, and Sirigen, founded in 2003 by Guillermo C. Bazan, Patrick J. Dietzen, Brent S. Gaylord. Alan Heeger was a founder of Uniax, which was acquired by DuPont.

He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2000 along with Alan G. MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa "for their discovery and development of conductive polymers;" in 1983 he had won the Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society.

His sons are the neuroscientist David Heeger and the immunologist Peter Heeger.

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