2020 Julius Springer Prize

Leon O. Chua is awarded the 2020 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics

New Content ItemThe 2020 Julius Springer Award for Applied Physics is awarded to Professor Leon O. Chua. The award, which comes with a prize of US$5,000, will be presented at the Magnus-Haus in Berlin, Germany on 18 September 2020, and will be accompanied by a public lecture given by the winner.

Leon O. Chua is a world famous American electrical engineer and computer scientist. Most of his professional years he spent working in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley.  During this time he contributed to cellular neural and nonlinear networks, nanoelectronics, nonlinear circuits and systems, nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation theory, and chaos theory. In 1971 he postulated a passive component named the memristor as the 4th passive electronic device derived from fundamental considerations.  This device with as predicted electrical characteristics could be experimentally found only in 2008 by a team at HP.  In 2011 Leon Chua wrote an article for Applied Physics AResistance switching memories are memristors which has been downloaded over 12,000 times and received over 700 citations.

Leon Chua is well recognized in the community his papers are cited ca. 80,000 times and he currently has an h-index of 123 according to Google Scholar per 2.12.2020. Moreover he was awarded 7 USA patents and 17 Honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) from major European universities and Japan. He received numerous other awards such as the first IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award in 2005, the Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, and most recently, the 2019 IEEE EDS Celebrated Member Prize, the highest award  from the  IEEE Electron Devices Society.  He is a foreign member of the Academia Europaea, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Chua was elected Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in 2000. When not immersed in Science, he relaxes by searching for Wagner’s leitmotifs, musing over Kandinsky’s chaos, and contemplating Wittgenstein’s inner thoughts.


The Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics recognizes researchers who have made an outstanding and innovative contribution to the field of applied physics. It has been awarded annually since 1998 by the editors-in-chief of the Springer journals Applied Physics A – Materials Science & Processing and Applied Physics B – Lasers and Optics. Recent winners have included Roland Wiesendanger, Xiang Zhang, Viktor Malka, Guus Rijnders and Jerome Faist.

Further Information

Find out more about Leon Chua’s work in the following articles published in Applied Physics A and other Springer Nature titles: 

Microtubules as Sub-Cellular Memristors Scientific Reports, 10(1): 2108 (2020) 

Information can be stored in the human skin memristor which has non-volatile memory Scientific Reports, 9: 19260 (2019) 

If It’s Pinched It’s a Memristor in Handbook of Memristor Networks, pp 15-88, Springer (2019)

Memristor, Hodgkin-Huxley, and Edge of Chaos in Handbook of Memristor Networks, pp 287-313, Springer (2019)

Morris-Lecar model of third-order barnacle muscle fiber is made of volatile memristors Science China Information Sciences 61: 060426 (2018)

Five non-volatile memristor enigmas solved Applied Physics A, 124:563 (2018)

Memristor Emulators: A Note on Modeling, A. Ascoli, R. Tetzlaff, L. O. Chua, W. Yi, R. S. Williams, chapter in Advances in Memristors, Memristive Devices and Systems, Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 701, 1-17 (2017)

The Fourth Element Andrew Adamatzky, Leon Chua (Eds.), Memristor Networks, 1-13 (2014)

The Universe as Automaton, From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity Klaus Mainzer and Leon Chua, SpringerBriefs in Complexity (2012)

Two centuries of memristors Nature Materials 11(6), 478-481 (2012)

Resistance switching memories are memristors Applied Physics A 102:4 765-783 (2011)

Practical Numerical Algorithms for Chaotic Systems Thomas S. Parker and Leon O. Chua, Springer-Verlag, NY (1989)