Princeton’s eminent Physicist

Zahid Hasan is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University, heading its Topological and Quantum Matter research group.  In May 2017 he delivered the Sir Nevill Mott lecture at the University of Loughborough. In an abstract of the talk he noted, “Electrons in solids organize in ways to give rise to distinct phases of matter such as insulators, metals, magnets or superconductors. In the last ten years or so, it has become increasingly clear that in addition to the symmetry-based classification of matter, topological consideration of electronic wavefunctions plays a key role in determining distinct phases of matter . . .  I introduce these concepts in the context of their experimental realizations in real materials leading to recent developments. As an example, I present how tuning a 3D topological insulator whose surface hosts an unpaired Dirac fermion can give rise to topological superconductors with helical Cooper pairing leading to novel Majorana platforms, Weyl fermion semimetals with “fractional” surface Fermi surfaces, and other topological nodal states of matter. These topological materials harbor many novel properties that may lead to the development of next generation quantum technologies accelerating the second quantum revolution. ” click here.

An account in thedailystar.net provides some biographical detail: “Mohammad Zahid Hasan (Taposh) is the eldest of the three children of Mr. Mohammad Rahman Ali and Mrs. Nadira Ali Talukdar.  Zahid’s mother encouraged him to study science. In 1986, at 16, Zahid published his first book on science, Aesho Dhumketur Rajjae (Come to the World of Comets: An Astrophysics Primer), unwittingly foreshadowing his own meteoric rise.  Zahid stood second in the combined merit list of Dhaka Board, from Dhanmondi Government Boys School in the SSC examination of 1986, and first in HSC from Dhaka College in 1988.  After attending a few days of class at Dhaka University’s Physics department, Zahid left for the University of Texas at Austin on a scholarship, to study physics. At Austin, Zahid came under the influence of (took classes from) Professor Steven Weinberg, whonhad shared the 1979 Nobel Prize with Professor Mohammad Abdus Salam.  Zahid completed his masters and doctorate at Stanford University.” click here.