Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics 1984/5
The Physics Prize Committee for 1984/5 recommends unanimously that the Wolf Prize in Physics be shared jointly by Philippe Nozières and Conyers Herring.
“for their major contributions to the fundamental theory of solids, especially of the behavior of electrons in metals.”
These two great physicists have played parallel roles in the brief history of solid state physics. Each of them, in his own way, could be thought of as being the conscience of his field, as a central figure who has contributed by his personal work as well as by his strong influence and valuable suggestions to his colleagues.
Professor Philippe Nozières has made major impact on the knowledge of the fundamental theory of solids, especially to the behavior of electrons in metals. In a short period, he has contributed profoundly to the concept of quasiparticles and its relation to Fermi liquids, to the dynamics of local systems in metals, to irreversible phenomena in quantum physics. His insight and clear exposition has stimulated many different and novel experiments.
Through his book (N-body problem) and his research he has established a French school in solid state physics whose influence extends all over the world.