Michael Kosterlitz Age, Biography, Facts & More

Michael Kosterlitz Profile


Real NameJohn Michael Kosterlitz
NicknameNot Known
FieldsCondensed Matter Theory
ThesisProblems in strong interaction physics (1969)
Doctoral AdvisorNot Known
Awards/Achievements• In 1981, awarded with the Maxwell Medal & Prize from British Institute of Physics.
• In 2000, awarded with the Lars Onsager Prize from American Physical Society.
• In 2016, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weightin Kilograms- 76 kg
in Pounds- 168 lbs
Eye ColourGrey
Hair ColourDark Brown
Personal Life
Date of Birth1942
Age (as in 2016)74 Years
Birth PlaceAberdeen, Scotland
Zodiac sign/Sun signNot Known
NationalityGerman, Scottish
HometownAberdeen, Scotland
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityGonville and Caius College, Cambridge, UK
Brasenose College, Oxford, UK
Educational QualificationsPh.D. in high energy physics from Oxford University (1969)
FamilyFather- Hans Walter Kosterlitz (British Biologist)
Michael Kosterlitz father Hans Kosterlitz
Mother- Hannah Gresshorner
Brother- Not Known
Sisters- Not Known
EthnicityBritish (father), German (mother)
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
WifeNot Known
ChildrenSon- Not Known
Daughters- Not Known

Michael Kosterlitz Nobel Prize winner

Some Lesser Known Facts About Michael Kosterlitz

  • Does Michael Kosterlitz smoke: Not Known
  • Does Michael Kosterlitz drink alcohol: Yes
  • Biologist Hans Walter Kosterlitz, Michael’s father, emigrated from Germany to UK in the 1930s, in order to escape the Nazis.
  • In 1971, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Birmingham, first as a lecturer & later as a reader. It was during this time at the university that he came in touch with fellow Nobel Prize recipient David J. Thouless.
  • Over the years, Kosterlitz has been following many areas of research viz. condensed matter theory, electron localization, melting & freezing, spin glasses, phase transitions, etc.
  • In October 2016, Kosterlitz along with physicists Duncan Haldane & David J. Thouless was bestowed with the Nobel Prize in Physics for his research towards theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. He receives one-fourth of the total prize money; his share being $2,32,500.
  • Kosterlitz is a Professor of Physics at Brown University, US, where he joined the faculty in 1982.
  • Additionally, Kosterlitz is a visiting research fellow at Aalto University in Finland. Interestingly, he was in the underground parking lot of this university, when he received the call informing him about the prize.