Marvin L. Cohen

Professor of Physics
(510) 642-4753
539 Birge Hall

Curriculum Vitae

Marvin L. Cohen

Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720

Born March 3, 1935, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Naturalized U.S. citizen, November, 1953.

A.B. University of California, Berkeley, 1957; M.S. University of Chicago, 1958; Ph.D. University of Chicago, completed 1963, conferred 1964.  Member of Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1963–64.  Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1965–present.

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1964–66; Associate Professor of Physics, 1966–69; Professor of Physics, 1969–1995, University Professor, 1995–present.  Professor of the Graduate School, 2010–present.

Honors, Distinguished Lectureships and Visiting Professorships:


Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1965–67. Visiting Professor, Cambridge University, England, 1966. Professor, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1988.  Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1969. Visiting Professor, Univer­sity of Paris, France, 1972–73 and summers 1968, 1975, 1987, 1988. Guggenheim Fellow, 1978–79, 1990–91. Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii, 1978–79.  Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Solid State Physics (American Physical Society), 1979.


Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 1980.  U.S. Department of Energy Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Solid State Physics, 1981.  Distinguished Visitor Program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1982.  Combined Physics Colloquium for the University of Heidelberg, the University of Karlsruhe, and the Kernforschungszentrum, Karlsruhe, 1982.  Joint UCLA-Cal. Tech.-USC Special Colloquium, 1987.  Visiting Professor, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1987–88. Distinguished Lecture Series, Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, 1989.


Greater Washington Physics Colloquium, 1990. U.S. Department of Energy Award for Sustained Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics, 1990.  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Certificate of Merit, 1991.  Joint Harvard and MIT colloquium, 1993.  Johnson Memorial Lecture, Cornell University, 1993.  Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993.  Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, 1994. Outstanding Performance Award, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1995. Appointed University Professor, 1995.  Invited Speaker, Nobel Symposium, 1996.  Inauguration Speaker for the Korea Institute for Advanced Study, 1996.  Distinguished Lecturer in Physics and Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, 1996.  Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley, 1996–97.  The Electron Birthday Project (televised to U.S. high schools), 1997.  Gerhard Schmidt Memorial Lecture, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1997.  Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1997.  Hubert M. James Lecturer, Purdue University, 1999.


Distinguished Lecturer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001.  2001 National Medal of Science (Presidential award, 2002).  Elected member, American Philosophical Society, 2003.  Awarded (with Steven G. Louie) the 2003 Foresight Institute Richard P. Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology.  2004 Harvard University Loeb Lecturer. Awarded Doctorat Honoris Causa, University of Montreal, 2005.  Nelson W. Taylor Lecture, Pennsylvania State University, 2005.  Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum, 2007.  F.A. Matsen Endowed Regents Lectureship, University of Texas at Austin, 2007.  William H. Zachariasen Memorial Lecture, University of Chicago, 2007.  The Eli Burstein Lecture in Materials Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2007.  Wonderfest Public Lecture—The San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science, Stanford University, 2007.  Basic Energy Sciences (DOE) Distinguished Lecture, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2008.  Membership in The Berkeley Fellows, University of California, 2009.


Public Lecture in honor of Russell Marker, Pennsylvania State University, 2010. Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2010–2015. Berkeley Citation, University of California, 2011. Public Lecture, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2012. Dickson Prize in Science, 2012. Oppenheimer Lecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2013. Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2013. Honorary Chair, International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, 2014.  Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2014.  Von Hippel Award of the Materials Research Society, 2014. Dedication of the Marvin L. Cohen Condensed Matter Physics Interaction Area, UC Berkeley, 2015. Symposium in honor of Marvin L. Cohen and Yuen Ron Shen, U.C. Berkeley, 2015. Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate, 2016. Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics 2017.

Service and Honorary Positions:


Chairman, Gordon Research Confer­ence on Chemistry and Physics of Solids, 1972.  Executive Council of the Divi­sion of Solid State Physics of APS, 1975–79, Chairman, 1977–78.  U.S. Repre­sentative to the Semiconductor Commission of IUPAP, 1975–81.  Chairman, Executive Committee, Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science, Berkeley, California, 1977–81.  Chairman, Planning Committee, Pure and Applied Science Institute, University of Hawaii, 1979-83.


Oliver E. Buckley Prize Commit­tee, 1980–81, Chairman, 1981.  Member, Divisional Council, Lawrence Berke­ley Laboratory, 1981–85.  Solid State Science Review Panel, Exxon Research Laboratories, 1981.  Chairman, Condensed Matter Physics Search/Screening Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, 1981–82.  Ad hoc Oversight Committee of the NSF in Condensed Matter Theory, 1981–82.  DOE Panel for Future Trends in Condensed Matter Theory, 1981–82.  Lawrence Berkeley Lab­oratory Staff Committee, 1981–82.  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Computer Committee, 1981–82.  UNESCO Semiconductor Advisory Board for Trieste Physics Center, Italy, 1981–83.  Search Committee, Los Alamos Laboratory, 1982. Member of selection committee for Presidential Young Investigator Awards, 1983.  Member, Committee on National Synchrotron Radiation Fa­cilites, 1983–84.  Chairman, Committee to Review Theoretical Physics, Chem­istry and Mathematics, Exxon Research Laboratories, 1984.  Chairman, 17th International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, 1984.  Member and Executive Committee, Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, 1984–89.  Vice-Chairman Government-University-Industry Re­search Roundtable Working Group on Science and Engineering Talent, 1984–89.  Member, Frank Isakson Prize Committee, 1985.  Member, Advisory Panel for Materials and Applied Science Department of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, 1985.  Member, Review Board for the Center for Advanced Materials, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1986–87.  Research Briefing Panel on Funding Trends in Science and Engineering (COSEPUP of the NAS and NSF), 1987.  Research Briefing Panel on High Temperature Superconductivity (COSEPUP of the NAS and NSF), 1987.  Editorial Board, Perspectives in Condensed Matter Physics, 1987–.  Advisory Board, International Journal of Modern Physics B and Modern Physics Letters B, 1987–.  Associate Editor, Materials Science and Engineering, 1987–.  Chairman, Comstock Prize Committee (NAS), 1988.  Advisory Board, Texas Center for Superconductivity, 1988–90; Vice Chair 1991.  Comite International d’Organization for the Institut de la Vie, France, 1988–.  Member, U.S. Delega­tion to Bilateral Dialog for Research and Development in the U.S. and Japan (NRC), 1989.


Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory-University of California Liaison Committee 1990–.  Member, Science Policy Board of the Stan­ford Synchrotron Ra­diation Laboratory, 1990–92.  Member, Visiting Committee of the Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, 1991.  National Academy of Sciences Nominating Committee for selection of the NAS President, Vice President, and Councilors, 1992–93.  Scientific Policy Committee, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 1993–95.  Member, American Physical Society Lilienfeld Prize Committee 1994–96.  Member, American Physical Society Isakson Prize Committee, 1995–99, Chair 2000.  Chair, Panel on the Future of Physics for the University of California, 1997.  Chair, Screening/Search Committee, National Academy of Sciences, 1997–99. Board of Advisors, Discover Magazine, 1998–2000. Member, Prize Committee for Nanoscience Prize ACSIN 1999, 2001. Member, Committee on Faculty Research Lectureship, University of California, 1999–2002.


Visiting Advisory Committee on Computational Science and Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2000. International Advisory Board, Nanonetwork Materials, Kamakura, Japan 2000. Member, Prize Committee for Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity, 2000. Member, Search Committee for Director of Texas Center for Superconductivity, 2000–01. Member, Advisory Committee, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001–.  2002 American Physical Society election:  2003 Vice President, 2004 President Elect, 2005 President, 2006 Past President. Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2002–; Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2002–.  American Physical Society:  Executive Board, Council, Panel on Public Affairs, Investment Committee, APS Fellowship Committee (chair), Congressional Fellowship Committee (chair), Budget Committee, 2003. Series Editor, Contemporary Concepts of Condensed Matter Science, 2003–.  Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee for 2004 NAS Award for Initiatives in Research, 2003.  Member of the Regional Board of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.  Member of the Governing Board, American Institute of Physics, 2003–2007.  Member of the Nominating Committee, American Institute of Physics, 2003–2006. Member, Valley Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 2006. Vice-Chair (2006), Chair, 2007, of Committee for the Apker Award for Undergraduate Research, American Physical Society, 2006-2007. Member of the Nominating Committee, American Physical Society, 2006.  Chief Scientific Officer, Nanomix, Inc., 2006—, Institute Advisor, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Daegu, Korea, 2006—.  International Advisory Committee, Materials Genome Project’s International Workshop on Density Functional Theory, Oran, Algeria, 2006–2007.  International Advisory Board, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China, 2006—.  Presenter of the Bay Area Weizmann Youth Science Award, 2007.  Judge of High School Science Competition, “BASIC WonderCup Challenge Championship, 2007.  International Advisory Committee, International Conference, “From Solid State to BioPhysics,” Cavtat, Croatia, 2008.  Organizer for Nobel Symposium, International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008.  International Advisory Committee, Beijing International Workshop on Iron (Nickel) –Based Superconductors, 2008.  International Advisory Committee, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Inaugural Symposium – Mapping Frontiers of Science, 2008-09.  International Advisory Committee, International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, Seoul, Korea (2010).  Member of Advisory Committee to the Simons Foundation (Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science), 2009–10.


Chair, Prize Committee for Psi-k Volker Heine Young Investigator Award, 2010. Member of Advisory Board, Korean Institute for Advanced Study, 2011–2014. Member of Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Nano, 2011—.  International Advisory Committee, International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, Zurich, Switzerland 2012.  Member, School of Science Advisory Committee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2012–2014.  Member, Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee to review science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, 2012-2013, 2015-2018. Advisory Board, Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, 2012-.  Advisory Panel of the Samsung Science and Technology Foundation, 2013–.  International Advisory Committee for the 17th international conference on high pressure in semiconductors physics, Tokyo, Japan 2016. Advisory Board of the International Symposium on Carbon Nanotube in Commemoration of its Quarter-Century Anniversary (CNT25), Tokyo, Japan 2016. Member, Learning in Retirement Committee, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2017-.  International Advisory Board/Program Committee for the IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics, Davis, CA 2018. Member, Magellanic Premium Medal Selection Committee, American Philosophical Society, 2018.

Updated August 27, 2018.