24.05.2007. :: Soft-matter pioneer dies
The pioneering French physicist and Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de
Gennes has died at the age of 74. De Gennes, who was awarded the Nobel
Prize in Physics in 1991 for his ground-breaking work on liquid crystals
and polymers, died last Friday in Orsay. Dubbed the "Isaac Newton of our
time" by the Nobel-Prize committee, de Gennes also had an interest in
many other fields of science and finished his career at the Institut
Curie in Paris where he worked on cellular adhesion and brain function.