Philip Warren Anderson

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Anderson, Philip Warren


Born Dec. 13, 1923, in Indianapolis. American physicist. Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (1967); fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1966).

Anderson took his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University. He was a staff member at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1943 to 1945 and became associated with Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1949. Anderson held a professorship at Cambridge University in Great Britain from 1967 to 1975, when he joined the faculty of Princeton University.

Anderson’s principal works have involved the quantum theory of solids. Specifically, they have dealt with magnetism (the theory of ferrimagnetism and indirect exchange interaction), disordered superconducting media (the theory of “dirty” superconductors and the theory of eddy coupling in superconductors), and the superfluidity of 3He. Anderson received a Nobel Prize in 1977.

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