Steven G. Louie is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1976. After having worked at the IBM Watson Research Center, Bell Laboratories, and U of Pennsylvania, he joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1980.
Professor Louie is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the APS Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics, the APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface Physics, the Materials Theory Award of the Materials Research Society, the Foresight Institute Richard P. Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Jubilee Professorship of Chalmers University in Sweden, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Award for Sustained Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics, among other honors.
Professor Louie’s research spans a broad spectrum of topics in theoretical condensed matter physics and nanoscience. He is known for his pioneering work on the ab initio GW method, which led to his resolution of the bandgap problem in semiconductors and founding of the field of first-principles study of excited-state properties of materials, and for his seminal work on surfaces and interfaces, nanostructures, and reduced-dimensional systems. He was a founding scientific director of the Molecular Foundry, a DOE national nanoscience center. Professor Louie has published over 580 scientific papers, been awarded 7 patents, edited 3 monographs, and written a graduate textbook Fundamentals of Condensed Matter Physics (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with Marvin Cohen).
He is identified by the ISI Web of Science as one of the most highly cited researchers in physics and nanoscience (h=116 on Web of Science with over 56,000 citations, and h=170 on Google Scholar with over 131,000 citations).