Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics
For outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics, especially involving the use of topology to understand new states of matter.
On the occasion of receiving this award, I thank my family for their endless love and support. I am especially grateful to my parents who made every effort to secure the best education possible for me. I was lucky to have great teachers in my formative years. I thank my PhD advisor Charlie Kane for his guidance and mentoring, for his deep influence on my approach to research and choice of problems, and for giving me a good start in my career. I owe a lot to my collaborators and students, who have always shared their knowledge and insight with me. Last but not least, I thank my colleagues for providing a carefree and productive work environment, and for their constant encouragement.