Steven Gwon Sheng Louie

Steven Gwon Sheng Louie (born 26 March 1949 in Canton, China) is a Chinese- American physicist who deals with theoretical solid state physics and nanoscience.

Louie studied physics and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1972 and in 1976 received his doctorate in physics. As a post - graduate student he was at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center of IBM in 1979 at Bell Laboratories. From 1979 to 1980 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania; In 1980 he became associate professor and in 1984 professor of physics at Berkeley. In addition, he is a scientist in the Department of Materials Science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

It deals with ab initio pseudopotential calculations of the electronic structure of crystals, surfaces, interfaces, and clusters, with quasiparticle excitations and optical excitations in solids, electron transport through single molecules, electron correlation effects in solids and systems of reduced dimension, nanotubes and nanostructures materials under high pressures, superconductivity.

Louie is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2005), the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. In 1980 he was Sloan Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow in 1989. Twice he was Miller Research Professor at Berkeley. In 1996 he received the Aneesur -Rahman Award ( for innovative applications of quantum theory and computational physics to predict properties of solids, especially excitation spectra in semiconductors and insulators ), the 2003 Feynman prize in Nanotechnology of the Foresight Institute, and the 1999 Davisson -Germer Prize. He received the Outstanding Performance Award from the Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the Award for Outstanding Research in Solid State Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy.

He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Grenoble, National Taiwan University, and the University of Tokyo. He is a U.S. citizen.


  • With J. R. Chelikowsky (Editor): Quantum Theory of Real Materials, Kluwer Academic Press, Boston, 1996
  • JR Chelikowsky, G. Martinez, EL Shirley (editor): The Optical Properties of Materials, MRS Symp Proc. Vol 579 ( Materials Research Society, Warrendale, PA, 2000).
  • Marvin Cohen (Editor): Conceptual Foundations of Materials: A Standard Model for Ground -and Excited - State Properties in E. Burstein, ML Cohen, D. L. Mills, P. J. Stiles (Editor) Contemporary Concepts of Condensed Matter Physics, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2006