Factbox: Nobel physics prize - Who are the winners?

(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:


-- 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.


-- 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.

Sources: Reuters/

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit, Editing by Sonya Hepinstall