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Education and early lifeEdit

A native of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, Spaldin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1991, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.[10][11]

Career and researchEdit

Spaldin was inspired to search for multiferroics, magnetic ferroelectric materials, by a remark about potential collaboration made by a colleague studying ferroelectrics during her postdoctoral research studying magnetic phenomena at Yale University from 1996 to 1997.[12] She continued to develop the theory of these materials as a new faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and in 2000 published (under her previous name, Hill) "a seminal article"[13] that for the first time explained why few such materials were known.[14] Following her theoretical predictions, in 2003 she was part of a team that experimentally demonstrated the multiferroic properties of bismuth ferrite.[15] She moved from UCSB to ETH Zurich in 2010.[11] Her publications are listed on Google scholar.[3]

Awards and honoursEdit

Spaldin was the 2010 winner of the American Physical Society's James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials,[16] the 2015 winner of the Körber European Science Prize for "laying the theoretical foundation for the new family of multiferroic materials".[15][11][13] and one of the laureates of the 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.[17] Spaldin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2008), the Materials Research Society (2011) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013),[11] and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[18] In 2019, Spaldin was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.[19]


  1. ^ a b Nicola Spaldin at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ Spaldin, Nicola Ann (2005). "Materials Science: The Renaissance of Magnetoelectric Multiferroics". Science. 309 (5733): 391–392. doi:10.1126/science.1113357. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 16020720. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c Nicola Spaldin publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  4. ^ Nicola Spaldin's Entry at ORCID
  5. ^ Spaldin, Nicola A. (2003). Magnetic materials: fundamentals and device applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521016582. OCLC 935635324.
  6. ^ Nicola Spaldin publications from Europe PubMed Central
  7. ^ Nicola Spaldin publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Wang, J.; Neaton, J. B.; Zheng, H.; Nagarajan, V.; Ogale, S. B.; Liu, B.; Viehland, D.; Vaithyanathan, V.; Schlom, D. G. (2003). "Epitaxial BiFeO₃ Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures". Science. 299 (5613): 1719–1722. Bibcode:2003Sci...299.1719W. doi:10.1126/science.1080615. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 12637741. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Ramesh, R.; Spaldin, Nicola A. (2007). "Multiferroics: progress and prospects in thin films". Nature Materials. 6 (1): 21–29. Bibcode:2007NatMa...6...21R. doi:10.1038/nmat1805. PMID 17199122. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Hill, Nicola Ann (1996). Calculating the electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures. (PhD thesis). University of California, Berkeley. OCLC 36371687.
  11. ^ a b c d "Nicola Spaldin Curriculum vitae". Archived from the original on 23 March 2017. retrieved 2015-06-16.
  12. ^ Spaldin, Nicola A. (2017-08-03). "Fundamental Materials Research and the Course of Human Civilization". arXiv:1708.01325 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci].
  13. ^ a b "Nicola Spaldin to receive the 2015 Körber Prize". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. retrieved 2015-07-16
  14. ^ Hill, Nicola Ann (2000). "Why Are There so Few Magnetic Ferroelectrics?". Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 104 (29): 6694–6709. doi:10.1021/jp000114x. ISSN 1520-6106. (subscription required)
  15. ^ a b Spaldin, Nicola (2015), "Multiferroics and me", In Person, Science, 349 (6243): 110, Bibcode:2015Sci...349..110S, doi:10.1126/science.caredit.a1500156.
  16. ^ "2010 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials Recipient: Nicola A. Spaldin". American Physical Society. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. . Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  17. ^ "Announcement of Laureates of 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards". UNESCO. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016.
  18. ^ Anon (2017). "Professor Nicola Spaldin FRS". Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-03-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  19. ^ "National Academy of Engineering Elects 86 Members and 18 Foreign Members". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 11 February 2019.