Stuart Parkin has an international reputation as an outstanding, innovative solid state physicist who knows how to transpose theoretical developments in material science into technological applications. Amongst other things, his work has had a global impact on magnetic data storage. His pioneering achievements include the development of oscillatory interlayer coupling in magnetic multilayers for industrially-produced giant magnetoresistance and the discovery and utilisation of tunnelling magnetoresistance. He is currently investigating the potential for enhancing storage density with the help of a three-dimensional storage medium. Stuart Parkin is invited to become a professor in the Institute of Physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Director of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics. This would help to establish Halle’s position as an outstanding international location for applied spintronics and materials science.