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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Published as AuthorPublished as Subject

A. J. Leggett

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Dates

March 26, 1938 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Leggett, A. J. (Anthony J.)

Additional Forms of Names

Leggett, Anthony

Leggett, Anthony James, 1938-

Biography

Abstract

Anthony J. Leggett is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1983-present). Other institutional affiliations include the University of Sussex and Oxford University. His research interests include superconductors and superfluids.

Important Dates

March 26, 1938Birth, London (England).

1959Obtained BA, Oxford University, Oxford (England).

1961Obtained BS, Oxford University, Oxford (England).

1964Obtained PhD in Physics, Oxford University, Oxford (England).

1964 – 1965Research Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1965 – 1966Research Associate, Kyoto University (Kyoto Daigaku).

1966 – 1967Research Associate, Oxford University, Harvard University, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1967 – 1983Lecturer in Physics (1967-1978) and Professor of Physics (1978-1983), University of Sussex, Brighton (England).

1972 – 1974Visiting Professor, Tokyo University (Tōkyō Daigaku).

1976Visiting Professor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

1977Visiting Professor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

1983Visiting Professor, Cornell University.

1983 – 1986Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1983 – presentJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana (Ill.).

1997Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2002Awarded Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics.

2003Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with Alexei Abrikosov and Vitaly Ginzburg "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids".

Occupation

Condensed matter physicist.

Places

Birth

London (England)

Undergraduate Education

Oxford (England)

Graduate Education

Oxford (England)

Employment

Brighton (England)

Urbana (Ill.)

Subjects

Condensed matter.

Low temperatures.

Superconductivity.

Superfluidity.

Relationships

People

Family

Leggett, Asako

Daughter.

Leggett, Haruko Kinase

Wife. Married 1972.

Advisors & Collaborators

Abrikosov, A. A. (Alekseĭ Alekseevich)

Received 2003 Nobel Prize along with Vitaly Ginzburg for their work on "pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids."

Ashhab, Sahel S.

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Topics in the theory of Bose-Einstein condensates with a spin degree of freedom."

Fine, Boris V.

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Theory of high temperature spin dynamics."

Fisher, Matthew P. A., 1960-

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Quantum Dynamics of Small Josephson Junctions: An Application to Superconductivity in Granular Films."

Ginzburg, V. L. (Vitaliĭ Lazarevich), 1916-2009

Received 2003 Nobel Prize along with Alexei Abrikosov for their work on "pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids."

Haar, D. ter

PhD advisor at Oxford University, "Some Problems in the Theory of Many-Body Systems."

Lobo, Carlos Antonio Souza

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Topics in the theory of quantum degenerate gases."

Lukic, Vladimir

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Conductance of superconductor-normal metal contact junction beyond quasiclassical approximation."

Paraoanu, Gheorghe-Sorin

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Tunneling in degenerate atomic gases."

Pines, David, 1924-

Post doctorate advisor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Shieh, Lih Y.

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Topics in cuprate superconductors."

Stamp, Philip C. E.

Advised by Leggett at University of Sussex.

Turlakov, Michael A.

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Transport properties and noise of low-dimensional conductors."

Vural, Dervis

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Universal sound attenuation in amorphous solids at low-temperatures."

Warner, Geoffrey L.

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Little big bangs in helium-three."

Yung, Man Hong

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Zhang, Shizhong

Advised by Leggett at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Strongly interacting Fermi gases, radio frequency spectroscopy and universality."

Colleagues

Adler, Stephen L.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Anderson, A. C. (Ansel Cochran), 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Baym, Gordon

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bloembergen, N.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Callan, Curtis G.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Campbell, David K.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ceperley, David

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Coleman, Sidney, 1937-2007

Both employed at Harvard University.

Everhart, Thomas E.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Ginsberg, Donald M.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Goldenfeld, Nigel

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Greene, Laura H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Gross, David J. (David Jonathan)

Both employed at Harvard University.

Holt, R. J. (Roy J.)

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jackiw, Roman W.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jaffe, Arthur, 1937-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kadanoff, Leo P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Klein, Miles V., 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kleppner, Daniel

Both employed at Harvard University.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Martin, Paul Cecil, 1931-

Both employed at Harvard University.

McMillan, William L.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pandharipande, V. R.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pound, Robert V.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at Harvard University.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at Harvard University.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Simmons, Ralph Oliver

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Sullivan, Jeremiah D.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tinkham, Michael

Both employed at Harvard University.

Van Harlingen, Dale J.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Research Associate.

Kyoto Daigaku. Department of Physics

Research Associate.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Research Associate and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Physics.

University of Oxford. Department of Physics

Obtained BA (1959), BS (1961), and PhD in Physics (1964). Research Associate.

University of Sussex

Lecturer in Physics and Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Visiting Professor.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Tōkyō Daigaku. Butsurigaku Kyoshitsu

Visiting Professor.

University of California, Santa Barbara. Institute for Theoretical Physics

Member, Advisory Board.

Wolf Foundation Prizes

Received 2002 Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics.

Resources

Published Resources

Author

The problems of physics / A.J. Leggett.

Subject

Nobel Prize Biography