Nobel Prize-winning Andre Geim considers leaving UK after Brexit announcement
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 11-Aug-2017
London, August 11: The aftereffects of a decision can already be felt as Britons ponder on leaving the country, one of being the Nobel Prize winning physicist Andre Geim. The plummeting tensions rise as Britain comes out clueless while negotiating the terms with the European Union. Amidst all this, Geim decides to leave the country and take forward his research in another land.
Sir Andre Konstantin Geim is a Soviet-born Dutch-British physicist working in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics with his Ph.D. student Konstantin Novoselov for his work on graphene. In 2002, Geim’s attention fell on to a ball of used Scotch tape in a nearby dustbin. On it was a grey residue, from where it had been stuck to a piece of graphite. Geim, who specialises in minutely thin materials, placed the tape under an atomic microscope and found the layers of residual carbon were thinner than any he’d seen before. Immediately he suspected he had found graphene, a one atom-thin material (a strand of human hair is between 100,000 and 300,000 atoms thick) that had, until this moment, been only a white whale of speculation among theoretical physicists.
Brexit has brought upon many confusing circumstances for Britons, especially in the field of science and research. And for scientists like Geim, it is indispensable to have freedom of movement and cross-border partnerships. The Brexit result has cast thick doubt about how money and people will flow to and from the UK. And in Geim’s case, he and his engineers are not British by birth so immigrating to a different country won’t affect his research work. Geim also mentioned that most of his works are funded by the European Union.
Not just Geim, there are hundreds of scientists and researchers in UK who get funded by EU for their work. EU and Britain before this have always collaborated in the field of research. Also, the amount of European students entering UK seems null which is a great disadvantage is for any researcher. It looks quite evident now that Brexit has tougher repercussions as we earlier thought.