Shoucheng Zhang is currently the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics at Stanford University. He is a condensed matter theorist known for his use of symmetry arguments and focus on experiments and his work on topological insulators, quantum spin Hall effect, spintronics, quantum Hall effect and high temperature superconductivity. He is also Co-director of IBM-Stanford Center for Spintronics Science and Application Center. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the Guggenheim fellowship in 2007, the Alexander von Humboldt research prize in 2009, the Europhysics prize in 2010, the Oliver Buckley prize in 2012, the Dirac Medal and Prize in 2012, the "Nobel-class" Citation Laureates by Thomson Reuters in 2014, and was elected as a member of the National Academy of Science in 2015.