Fert, Grunberg win 2007 Nobel for physics

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 9 (Reuters) Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg won the 2007 Nobel Prize for physics for their work with nanotechnology, the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.

The prestigious 10 million Swedish crown prize recognised the pair's work which has allowed the radical miniaturisation of hard disks.

This was the second of this year's crop of Nobel prizes, which are handed out annually for achievements in science, literature, economics and peace.

The prizes bearing the name of Alfred Nobel were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of the Swedish dynamite millionaire.

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