Andrea Young

Andrea Young

University of California, Santa Barbara

2018 New Horizons in Physics Prize

For the co-invention of van der Waals heterostructures, and for the new quantum Hall phases that he discovered with them.


I have been lucky to work with many fantastic scientists throughout my career who have shaped both my technical ability and my scientific taste. Out of this long list I am particularly grateful to my PhD adviser, Philip Kim, for setting me on my path in experimental physics, and Cory Dean, with whom I shared the exciting early days of van der Waals heterostructures, and who has been a wonderful collaborator and friend in the decade since. Finally, I would not be where I am without the support and inspiration of my parents, who showed me the value of hard work and intellectual curiosity from an early age, and of my wife, Kayla, for her steady support and encouragement. I am very fortunate to be able to make a living doing physics – it has never felt remotely like a job.

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