Scots win Nobel Prize in Physics
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Two Scottish-born scientists awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Two Scottish-born scientists have been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about strange forms of matter.

David Thouless and Michael Kosterlitz will share the £8m kronor (£727,000) prize with their fellow scientist Duncan Haldane.

Their work could result in improved materials for electronics and super-fast computing.

The three men received the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

Announcing the prize in October, the Nobel Committee said the trio's discoveries had "opened the door on an unknown world".

One half of the physics prize was awarded to Thouless, with the other half jointly given to Haldane and Kosterlitz for "theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

Although British-born, all three now live and work in the US.

  • 10 Dec 2016