Duncan Haldane
Haldane in 2016
Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane

(1951-09-14) 14 September 1951 (age 72)[2][3]
London, England
NationalityBritish, Slovenian
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationSt Paul's School, London
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Known forHaldane pseudopotentials in the fractional quantum Hall effect
Quantum anomalous Hall effect
Scientific career
FieldsCondensed matter theory
ThesisAn extension of the Anderson model as a model for mixed valence rare earth materials (1978)
Doctoral advisorPhilip Warren Anderson[1]
Doctoral studentsAshvin Vishwanath[1]

Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane FRS FInstP [4] (born 14 September 1951),[2] known as F. Duncan Haldane, is a British-born physicist who is currently the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He is a co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with David J. Thouless and J. Michael Kosterlitz.[5][6][7]


Haldane was educated at St Paul's School, London[2] and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a PhD in 1978[8] for research supervised by Philip Warren Anderson.[1]

Career and research

Haldane worked as a physicist at Institut Laue–Langevin in France between 1977 and 1981. In August 1981, Haldane became an assistant professor of physics at the University of Southern California,[9][10] where he remained until 1987. Haldane was then appointed as an associate professor of physics in 1981 and later a professor of physics in 1986. In July 1986, Haldane joined the department of physics at University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, where he remained until February 1992. In 1990, Haldane was appointed as a professor of physics in the department of physics at Princeton University, where he remains to this day. In 1999, Haldane was named as the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics. In 2017, he was named the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Physics. In the period 2013–2018, Haldane also held a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair[11] at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Haldane is known for a wide variety of fundamental contributions to condensed matter physics including the theory of Luttinger liquids, the theory of one-dimensional spin chains, the theory of fractional quantum hall effect, exclusion statistics, entanglement spectra and much more.[12][13]

As of 2011 he is developing a new geometric description of the fractional quantum Hall effect that introduces the "shape" of the "composite boson", described by a "unimodular" (determinant 1) spatial metric-tensor field as the fundamental collective degree of freedom of Fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) states.[14] This new "Chern-Simons + quantum geometry" description is a replacement for the "Chern-Simons + Ginzburg-Landau" paradigm introduced c.1990. Unlike its predecessor, it provides a description of the FQHE collective mode that agrees with the Girvin-Macdonald-Platzman "single-mode approximation".[15]

Awards and honours

Haldane was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1996[4] and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston) in 1992;[16] a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1986)[17] and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (1996) (UK); a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2001).[18] Haldane was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2017.[19] He was awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society (1993); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1984–88); Lorentz Chair (2008), Dirac Medal (2012);[20] Doctor Honoris Causae of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise (2015);[21] Lise Meitner Distinguished Lecturer (2017); Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement (2017).[22]

With David J. Thouless and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Haldane shared the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics[5] "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter".

Personal life

Haldane is a British and Slovenian citizen and United States permanent resident. Haldane and his wife, Odile Belmont, live in Princeton, New Jersey.[23] His father was a doctor in the British Army stationed on the Yugoslavia/Austria border and there he met young medicine student Ljudmila Renko, a Slovene, and subsequently married her and moved back to England where Duncan was born.[24][25]

He received Slovenian citizenship at a ceremony at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, DC on March 22, 2019.[26]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Duncan Haldane at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b c "HALDANE, Prof. (Frederick) Duncan (Michael)". Who's Who. Vol. 1997 (online Oxford University Press ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "Array of contemporary American physicists". American Physical Society. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Anon (1996). "Professor Frederick Haldane FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

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  5. ^ a b Gibney, Elizabeth; Castelvecchi, Davide (2016). "Physics of 2D exotic matter wins Nobel: British-born theorists recognized for work on topological phases". Nature. 538 (7623). London: Springer Nature: 18. Bibcode:2016Natur.538...18G. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.20722. PMID 27708331.
  6. ^ Devlin, Hannah; Sample, Ian (4 October 2016). "British trio win Nobel prize in physics 2016 for work on exotic states of matter – live". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  7. ^ Haldane, F. D. M. (1983). "Nonlinear Field Theory of Large-Spin Heisenberg Antiferromagnets: Semiclassically Quantized Solitons of the One-Dimensional Easy-Axis Néel State". Physical Review Letters. 50 (15): 1153–1156. Bibcode:1983PhRvL..50.1153H. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.50.1153. ISSN 0031-9007.
  8. ^ Haldane, Frederick Duncan Michael (1978). An extension of the Anderson model as a model for mixed valence rare earth materials (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 500460873. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.457783.
  9. ^ "Princeton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Physics". Princeton Patch. 4 October 2016.
  10. ^ Dennis Overbye; Sewell Chan (4 October 2016). "3 Who Studied Unusual States of Matter Win Nobel Prize in Physics". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "Perimeter Welcomes New Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs". www.perimeterinstitute.ca. Perimeter Institute. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  12. ^ Duncan Haldane publications indexed by Google Scholar
  13. ^ Duncan Haldane's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Haldane, F. D. M. (2011), "Geometrical Description of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect", Physical Review Letters, 107 (11): k6801, arXiv:1106.3375, Bibcode:2011PhRvL.107k6801H, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.116801, PMID 22026690, S2CID 11882237
  15. ^ Haldane, F. D. M. (2009), ""Hall viscosity" and intrinsic metric of incompressible fractional Hall fluids", arXiv:0906.1854 [cond-mat.str-el]
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  17. ^ "www.aps.org".
  18. ^ "www.aaas.org/fellow/haldane-frederick". Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  19. ^ "F. Duncan Haldane". www.nasonline.org. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  20. ^ "F. Duncan M. Haldane". Princeton University. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Doctor Honoris Causae". Université de Cergy-Pontoise. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". www.achievement.org. American Academy of Achievement.
  23. ^ Heyboer, Kelly (4 October 2016). "Princeton prof celebrates Nobel Prize win by returning to the classroom". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  24. ^ "Dober dan. Drži, moja mati je bila zavedna Slovenka".
  25. ^ "USZS.gov.si - Minister Žmavc sprejel nobelovca slovenskega rodu prof. dr. Duncana Haldanea". Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Nobel laureate Dundan Haldane gets Slovenian citizenship". STA Slovenian Press Agency. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.