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Robert Betts Laughlin (born November 1, 1950) is a professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford Universitymarker. Along with Horst L. Störmer of Columbia University and Daniel C. Tsui of Princeton Universitymarker, he was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics for his explanation of the fractional quantum Hall effect.

Laughlin was born in Visalia, Californiamarker. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from UC Berkeleymarker in 1972, and his Ph.D. in physics in 1979 at MITmarker, Cambridge, Massachusettsmarker, USA. In the period of 2004-2006 he served as the president of KAISTmarker in Daejeonmarker, South Koreamarker.

Laughlin shares similar views to George Chapline, doubting the existence of black holes.

Nobel Prize in Physics

Press release, biography, Prize lecture and presentation published by the Nobel Foundation

Publications

Laughlin published a book entitled A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down in 2005. The book argues for emergence as a replacement for reductionism, in addition to general commentary on hot-topic issues.

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