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B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 1975 (with President of India gold medal)
M.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1977
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1979

Supriyo Datta joined Purdue University in 1981, where he is (since 1999) the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor. At Purdue he has received the Mc Coy award for his contributions to science, and has been inducted into the Book of Great Teachers.

He started his career in the field of ultrasonics and was selected by the Ultrasonics group as its outstanding young engineer to receive an IEEE Centennial Key to the Future Award and by the ASEE to receive the Terman Award for his book on Surface Acoustic Wave Devices.

Since 1985 he has focused on current flow in nanoscale electronic devices and is well-known for his contributions to spin electronics and molecular electronics. His work has stimulated many experiments and innovations, like the demonstration of the molecular Seebeck effect published in Science 315, 1568 (2007) predicted earlier by his group, in Phys. Rev. B67, 241403R (2003).

His paper in Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 665 (1990) is widely cited as the first paper on semiconductor-based spintronics. The first demonstration of this so-called “Datta-Das spin transistor” was reported in Science 325, 1515 (2009), and an experiment combining this concept with the spin-Hall effect has been reported in Science 330, 1801 (2010). This concept was listed by Nature as one of the 23 milestones in the history of spin.

The approach pioneered by his group for a unified description of quantum transport in diverse materials and structures has been widely adopted in the field of nanoelectronics and for this work he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)].

This approach combines the non-equlibrium Green function (NEGF) formalism of many-body physics with the Landauer formalism from mesoscopic physics as described in his books. The problem of nanoscale current flow touches on some of the deepest issues of physics related to the emergence of irreversibility from reversible laws and Datta’s latest book and online course

tries to make the insights gained from nanoelectronics accessible to all students in science and engineering requiring no special disciplinary background.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has received many awards including IEEE Technical Field Awards for research and for graduate teaching. He received the Procter Prize from Sigma Xi for his research contributions and his ability to communicate their significance., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.