John Robert Schrieffer

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Schrieffer, John Robert


Born May 31, 1931, in Oak Park, 111. American physicist.

Schrieffer graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. From 1953 to 1957 he worked at the Illinois Institute of Technology under the guidance of J. Bardeen. From 1957 to 1959 he taught at the University of Chicago, and from 1959 he was at the University of Illinois. In 1962 he became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Schrieffer’s main works deal with solid-state and low-temperature physics. With Bardeen and L. Cooper, Schrieffer worked out the microscopic theory of superconductivity (published 1957; Nobel Prize, 1972).


In Russian translation:
Novoe v izuchenii sverkhprovodimosti. Moscow, 1962. (With J. Bardeen.)


Galitskii, V. M. “Laureaty Nobelevskoi premii 1972 g. po fizike.” Priroda, 1973, no. 1.
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Proceedings of Physical Phenonema at High Magnetic Fields-III, Zachary Fisk, Lev Gor'kov, David Meltzer and Robert Schrieffer, eds., World Scientific, London, 1999, 421-426.
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