In brief, Andre Geim (from the University of Manchester, UK) just won the Nobel Prize for Physics 2010, with Konstantin Novoselov (from the same university), “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”. You can read more on their discovery on the official Nobel laureats website.
But it seems that Andre Geim is definitely an awesome scientist.
- He is the only one of having a Nobel Prize for Physics AND an IgNobel Prize for Physics! He won the latter in 2000 for levitating a frog using magnets:
Andre Geim of the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and Sir Michael Berry of Bristol University (UK), for using magnets to levitate a frog. [REFERENCE: “Of Flying Frogs and Levitrons” by M.V. Berry and A.K. Geim, European Journal of Physics, v. 18, 1997, p. 307-13.]
- Furthermore, it is apparently someone who chooses his collaborators very carefully. Indeed, he co-authored a paper titled “Detection of earth rotation with a diamagnetically levitating gyroscope” and co-authored by a hamster:
What is next? 😀