Anderson, Philip Warren

Anderson, Philip Warren, 1923–2020, American physicist, b. Indianapolis, Ind., Ph.D. Harvard, 1949. After graduation he worked at Bell Laboratories until 1984. From 1967 he also was on the faculty at the Univ. of Cambridge until he joined the faculty at Princeton in 1975; from 1984 he was a full-time professor a Princeton (emeritus from 1996). A groundbreaking theorist in condensed-matter, or solid-state, physics, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 for his investigations into the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems, which allowed for the development of electronic switching and memory devices in computers. Co-researchers Sir Nevill F. Mott and John H. Van Vleck shared the award with Anderson. He also conducted seminal research into the class of materials known as spin glasses, and later investigated superconductivity and high-temperature superconductors

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