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Posted on August 5 at 2:55 p.m.
1) both of the scientists got their nobel prizes in chemistry, despite Walt being most definitely a theoretical physicist (computational).
IIRC, heeger was also a physicist by education, though organic conductivity (and semiconductivity, and optoelectronic, etc.) is by far most applicable in the chemistry dominated field of materials science.
2) we are still missing 2 other nobel prize winners from UCSB, and Kroemer's work represents a good example of the ECE/solid state research being done over in the corner there by ward memorial. Gross is an example of how the theoretical physics education at UCSB is top notch, represented by not only the physics and math departments, but also the KITP itself.
On Night of Nobels