(Reuters) - Two Russian-born scientists, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, shared the 2010 Nobel Prize for physics for experiments with super-thin carbon matter, the prize committee said on Tuesday.
Here are some details about the winners:
* ANDRE GEIM: 51
-- Geim was born in October 1958 in Sochi in the then-Soviet Union. He gained a Ph.D. in 1987 from the Institute of Solid State Physics at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
-- In 1982 he achieved a MSc 1st class from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute and later became professor of Physics at the University of Manchester.
-- Geim won the 2008 Europhysics prize for discovering and isolating a single free-standing atomic layer of carbon (graphene) and elucidating its remarkable electronic properties. The prize was shared with Novoselov.
* KONSTANTIN NOVOSELOV: 36
-- Novoselov was born in Nizhny Tagil in the then-Soviet Union in August 1974 and qualified with a MSc with cum laude from the Moscow Physical-Technical University in 1997.
-- He gained a PhD at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and joined the University of Manchester in 2001, where he is Leverhulme Research Fellow.
-- Novoselov first worked with Geim as a PhD student in the Netherlands. He subsequently followed Geim to Britain.
Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit, Editing by Sonya Hepinstall
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