Herbert Kroemer

Physicist, Academic

1928 –

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Who is Herbert Kroemer?

Herbert Kroemer, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1952 from the University of Göttingen, Germany, with a dissertation on hot electron effects in the then-new transistor, setting the stage for a career in research on the physics of semiconductor devices. In 2000, Dr. Kroemer, along with Zhores I. Alferov, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics". The other co-recipient of the Nobel Prize was Jack Kilby for his invention and development of integrated circuits and micro-chips.

He worked in a number of research laboratories in Germany and the United States and taught electrical engineering at the University of Colorado from 1968 to 1976. He joined the UCSB faculty in 1976, focusing its semiconductor research program on the emerging compound semiconductor technology rather than on mainstream silicon technology.

Professor Kroemer was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1997 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.

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Born
Aug 25, 1928
Weimar
Nationality
  • Germany
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Göttingen
  • Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Employment
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
Lived in
  • United States of America

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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