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Bednorz, Johannes Georg

Bednorz, Johannes Georg y?hn?s g?rkh b?dnrts [key], 1950?, German physicist. After earning his doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he began (1982) work at the IBM Zrich Research Laboratory with Karl Alex Mller. In 1983 they discovered superconductivity in a ceramic fragment at temperatures much higher than had been previously thought possible. Their discovery made possible applications in power lines, generators, and computers. In 1987, Bednorz and Mller were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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