Karl Alex Müller marries Ingebord Marie Louise Winkler, with whom he has a son, Eric (1957), and a daughter, Silvia (1959).
Karl Alex Müller is the manager of the Zürich Research Laboratory physics department.
Karl Alex Müller becomes an IBM Fellow.
Karl Alex Müller joins the Physics and Mathematics Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zürich. Here he is influenced by W. Pauli, but it is under G. Busch that he writes his diploma on the Hall effect of grey tin. After his degree, Müller works in the Department of Industrial Research, on the Eidophor large-scale display system. One year later, Müller returns to Busch’s group for his doctorate. By the end of 1957, he submits his doctoral thesis on paramagnetic resonance.
Karl Alex Müller is born in Basel to Irma (née Feigenbaum) and Paul Müller. Shortly after, the family moves to Salzburg, for Paul Müller to pursue his musical studies. After a few years, Irma Müller moves with her son to Dornach, to the house of her own parents. Subsequently, they move to Lugano, where Karl Alex Müller becomes fluent in Italian. Irma Müller dies when her son is eleven years old.
Karl Alex Müller receives the Nobel Prize in Physics, with Georg Bednorz, for their work in high-temperature superconductivity in ceramic materials.
Karl Alex Müller is offered a position as research staff at the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon. Müller remains in the laboratory until his retirement, with the exception of two years spent at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. In Zürich, Müller’s research centers on strontium titanate and related perlvskite compounds for over 15 years.
Karl Alex Müller joins the staff of the Battelle Memorial Institute in Geneva. There, he becomes the manager of a magnetic resonance group.
Karl Alex Müller becomes a lecturer at the University of Zürich (and a Professor in 1970), on the recommendation of E. Brun, while still working in Geneva.
Karl Alex Müller attends the Evangelical College in Schiers for seven years, for his baccalaureate. He spends the whole World War II in Schiers. The school is, as he puts it, “liberal in the spirit of the nineteenth century”, and influenced greatly Müller’s career. At the time, he wishes to become an electrical engineer, but his chemistry tutor, Dr. Saurer, convinces him to study physics. Before the university, however, Müller still does the military service in the Swiss army, at the age of 19.