Alan Heeger obtained his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1961 and was a member of the Physics Department at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-82. In 1982 he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara to become Professor of Physics. Professor Heeger was one of the founding members of the Materials Department and currently holds a joint appointment (Physics and Materials). Professor Heeger was the co-founder (with Prof. F. Wudl) and Director of the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at UCSB from 1983 until 1999. Professor Heeger and his colleagues at the MRL have done pioneering research in the area of semiconducting and metallic polymers. This class of novel materials has the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors and metals in combination with the processing advantages and mechanical properties of polymers. His current research interests lie in the area of transport in semiconducting polymers and light emission from semiconducting polymers (both photoluminescence and electroluminescence). His research group focuses on issues related to the fundamental electronic structure of this novel class of materials and carries out studies of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs), and lasers, all fabricated from semiconducting (conjugated) polymers. Honors include numerous honorary degrees, election to Fellowship of the American Physical Society, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Buckley Prize in Solid State Physics (1983), Balzan Prize for the Science of New Materials (1995) and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000).