Leonid Glazman designated the Donner Professor of Physics

December 14, 2015

Leonid Glazman, the newly appointed Donner Professor of Physics, focuses his research on the physics of mesoscopic solids.

Physics on the mesoscopic scale encompasses systems larger than single atoms but small enough so that their properties, due to the quantum mechanics effects, are different from those of larger chunks of matter. Mesoscopic physics is a part of condensed matter physics and of a broader interdisciplinary area of nanoscience; its advances are essential in sustaining progress in modern information technologies, including the quest for quantum information processing.

A graduate of Kharkov State University (Ukraine), Glazman earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Low Temperature Physics and Engineering at the Ukraine Academy of Sciences. He began his career as a researcher at the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences (Moscow). In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an associate professor of physics and member of the W.I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, and after a succession of appointments was designated the McKnight Presidential Chair of Physics. Glazman also served a two-year term there as director of the Theoretical Physics Institute. He joined the Yale faculty in 2007 as professor of physics and applied physics, and has been a member of the Yale Quantum Institute since 2014.

Glazman has contributed hundreds of research articles and reviews to professional journals. In 2000, the National Science Foundation honored him with its Creativity Award. His other honors include the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, an appointment as chair of Excellence of the Nanosciences Foundation (Grenoble, France), and a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (United Kingdom).

Glazman has been a Scrödinger visiting professor at the Pauli Center at ETH-Zuerich (Switzerland) and a Distinguished visiting professor at Lancaster University (United Kingdom). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Aspen Center for Physics.

- YaleNews press release