1945 - 2019
The International Conference on Fine Particle Magnetism and the international magnetics community mourn the passing of Dr. Dominique Givord. During his career, he made seminal contributions to the study of rare earth-transition metal alloys, Sm-Co and Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets, magnetostriction in rare earth-iron crystals, coercivity and magnetic viscosity, exchange coupling to improve thermal stability of nanoparticles, the effect of electric fields on ferromagnetic thin films, and antiferromagnetic spintronics.
Dominique graduated from the school of engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, and earned the doctorate in physics at the Université Joseph Fourier. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S. and then a lecturer at the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble. In 1969, he joined the Laboratoire d’Électrostatique et de Physique du Métal (LEPM), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), working with Rémy Lemaire. When the LEPM was divided into five laboratories in 1971, Dominique affiliated with Louis Néel’s Laboratoire de Magnétisme, CNRS. After the discovery of Nd2Fe14B in Japan and the U.S. in 1983, he co-directed the Concerted European Action on Magnets academic-industrial partnership.
Dominique was a CNRS director of research from 1986 to 2009. He served as Director of the Laboratoire Louis Néel, in Grenoble, from 1992 to 2000 and Director of the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Pulsés, Toulouse, from 2000 to 2002. In addition to his other responsibilities, he was an editor of Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials from 2003 to 2014. In 2000, he received the Grande Médaille de la Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux. In 2007, he was awarded the first Grand Prix Louis Néel de Physique et Applications.
Dominique will be missed by his many former students, collaborators, and colleagues.