Philip Warren Anderson



Scientist Philip Warren Anderson has died at the venerable age of 96. Physicist Anderson won the Nobel Prize in 1977 for his work in electronic structures and magnets. This work helped create memory devices for computers, including the one that helps store all the witty and wonderful obituaries on the Derby Dead Pool website. That’s the thing with these scientific Nobel Prize winners, you might not understand exactly what they won the prize for, but it turns out to be something everyone in the 21st Century takes for granted. As befitting a Nobel Prize winner, he taught at Princeton and Cambridge, and won a number of other awards. He also wrote a book called Concepts in Solids, Basic Notions of Condensed Matter Physics and The Theory of Superconductivity in the High-Tc Cuprates in case you were looking for a good bedside read during these lockdown days.

Anderson was a unique pick for a Nobel Prize theme team, who really are the sort of team you’d expect to get him. And they did.


Philip Warren Anderson
13 December 1923 – 29 March 2020