Andrey Geym

Andrey Geym

Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics
Date of Birth: 21.10.1958
Country: Netherlands

  1. Biography of Andre Geim
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Awards and Recognition
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Andre Geim

Early Life and Education

Andre Geim was born on October 21, 1958, in Sochi, Russia. His parents, Konstantin Alekseevich Geim and Nina Nikolaevna Bayer, were engineers of Volga German descent. From 1965 to 1975, Geim lived and studied in School No. 3 in Nalchik, where he graduated with a gold medal. After finishing school, he attempted to enroll in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), but was rejected due to his nationality. He then worked as a fitter at the Nalchik Electrovacuum Plant for a year under the supervision of his father, who was the chief engineer. In 1976, Geim was rejected again by MIPT and enrolled in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), where he earned his diploma in 1982. He then began working as a graduate student at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the USSR Academy of Sciences (ISSP), where he defended his candidate dissertation in 1987. In 1990, Geim went to the University of Nottingham in the UK for a fellowship and did not return to Russia. He worked at the University of Bath from 1993 to 1994 and then became a researcher at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 1994. Geim obtained Dutch citizenship, renouncing his Russian citizenship and changing his name to Andre Geim.


In 2000, Geim and his wife were invited to the University of Manchester, where he became a professor of physics. He headed the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and the Centre for Mesoscience & Nanotechnology at the university. In 2004, Geim and his student Konstantin Novoselov discovered graphene, a two-dimensional layer of graphite one atom thick, which possesses exceptional properties like high thermal conductivity and mechanical stiffness. For this discovery, Geim was awarded the Mott Prize by the Institute of Physics in 2007 and became a professor of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge in 2009. In 2010, Geim and Novoselov were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their groundbreaking experiments with graphene.

Awards and Recognition

Throughout his career, Geim has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to physics. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has been awarded the John J Carty Award by the US National Academy of Sciences and the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society of London. He has also been included in Scientific American's list of the 50 most influential scientists in the world.

Personal Life

Geim is married to Irina Grigorieva, a Russian scientist who has also worked at the University of Manchester since 2000. They have a daughter who is a Dutch citizen. In his free time, Geim enjoys mountaineering. Despite his success, Geim has expressed a reluctance to return to Russia, considering himself more of a European and only partially identifying as Kabardin Balkar.