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Physicist Wins Tech Prize for Digital Data-Storage Enhancement

Technology Academy Finland, an industry-government partnership, has awarded 1 million 2014 Millennium Technology Prize to physicist Stuart Parkin for his spintronics research, which enabled a thousandfold increase in magnetic disks’  data-storage density. Parkin, now the director of IBM-Stanford’s spintronic science center, was cited as an innovator who helped make “our contemporary online world largely possible." Spintronics relies on both the charge and magnetic spin of electrons, ultimately allowing a disk to store more data. This increased storage density has enabled technologies as diverse as cloud services and large datacenters as well as social networking and streaming media. The biennial technology award recognizes “innovations that improve the quality of people's lives. (The Associated Press)(The Telegraph)

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