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Order of Canada
Louis Lepage Taillefer, C.M., Ph.D., m.s.r.c.
Sherbrooke, Quebec [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 6, 2010; Invested on September 16, 2011
An eminent physicist, Louis Taillefer studies the behaviour of electrons in matter. His innovative research on superconductors has shed light on why certain materials can conduct electricity without loss of energy-a property that could revolutionize the transmission of energy and the manipulation of data. Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Université de Sherbrooke, he is the director of the Quantum Materials program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Passionate explorer and initiator of numerous discoveries, he is a role model and source of inspiration for his students and collaborators.