K. Alex Müller Biography
(Swiss Physicist and Winner of 1987 Nobel Prize for Physics)
Birthday: April 20, 1927 (Taurus)
Born In: Basel, Switzerland
Karl Alexander Müller is a Swiss solid-state physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987 for his work on superconductivity. Interested in electronics from a very young age, he involved himself in building radios as a student and honed his skills. A liberal and intellectually demanding school life coupled with encouragement from his family developed his aptitude effectively. Had it not been for a professor who recognized his potential in physics, the world of science would have been quite different today. The early 1980s was a time of intense research and learning for him and he collaborated with many notable physicists and scientists. His discovery of materials that work as superconductors at high temperatures opened up new doors to large-scale applications of superconductors that were once deemed impossible. Over the course of his long career he has worked for several organizations including the Battelle Memorial Institute in Geneva, the University of Zürich, and IBM. His work on superconductors at the IBM lab prompted the company to honor him with a fellowship.