Anderson, Philip W.

Anderson, Philip W. (Warren)

(1923–  ) physicist; born in Indianapolis, Ind. He was a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories (1949–84), and concurrently a physics professor at Cambridge University (1967–75) and Princeton (1975). He shared the 1977 Nobel Prize for physics (with J. H. Van Vleck and English physicist Nevill Mott) for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems. In 1987 he published a theory of how some metals become superconductive at higher relative temperatures.
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