Xiao-Liang Qi

Stanford University

2016 New Horizons in Physics Prize

For outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics, especially involving the use of topology to understand new states of matter.


I have been very fortunate in both scientific career and personal life. I am very grateful for all my mentors, teachers, family members and friends. In particular, I would like to thank my postdoc advisor, Shou-Cheng Zhang, for all his inspiration, guidance, help and support ever since I met him. I would like to thank my PhD advisor, Zheng-Yu Weng, for providing me a wonderful PhD training with a lot of freedom and opportunities, and for all his advice and support since then. I benefit very much from the great academic environment at the two institutions I have spent a long time at — the Institute for Advanced Study at Tsinghua University, and the physics department of Stanford University. I would like to thank all my collaborators, from whom I learned a lot. At a larger scale, I feel that I am very fortunate to live in an era when different branches of physics are influencing each other deeply, which may indicate that new progress in fundamental physics is on the horizon. Finally, I would like to send my gratitude to my parents and my wife who always give me a lot of love and support.

Xiao-Liang Qi

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