Karl Alexander Müller

Swiss physicist

Karl Alexander Müller (born April 20, 1927) is a Swiss physicist. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987 with Georg Bednorz for their work in superconductivity in ceramic materials. They reported their discovery in the June 1986 issue of Zeitschrift für Physik B.[2]

Karl Alexander Müller
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Alex Müller in 2001.
Born (1927-04-20) April 20, 1927 (age 93)
Alma materETH Zürich
Known forHigh-temperature superconductivity
Spouse(s)Ingeborg Marie Louise Winkler (m. 1956; 2 children)
AwardsMarcel Benoist Prize (1986)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1987)
Wilhelm Exner Medal (1987).[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsIBM Zürich Research Laboratory
University of Zurich
Battelle Memorial Institute

Müller joined the Battelle Memorial Institute in Geneva, soon becoming the manager of a magnetic resonance group. During this time he became a lecturer at the University of Zürich.


  1. Editor, ÖGV. (2015). Wilhelm Exner Medal. Austrian Trade Association. ÖGV. Austria.
  2. J. G. Bednorz and K. A. Müller (1986). "Possible highTc superconductivity in the Ba−La−Cu−O system". Z. Phys. B. 64 (1): 189–193. Bibcode:1986ZPhyB..64..189B. doi:10.1007/BF01303701.

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