Philip Warren Anderson

1923 - 2020

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Philip Warren Anderson (December 13, 1923 – March 29, 2020) was an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate. Anderson made contributions to the theories of localization, antiferromagnetism, symmetry breaking (including a paper in 1962 discussing symmetry breaking in particle physics, leading to the development of the Standard Model around 10 years later), and high-temperature superconductivity, and to the philosophy of science through his writings on emergent phenomena. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Warren Anderson has received more than 363,029 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Philip Warren Anderson is the 255th most popular physicist (up from 264th in 2019), the 1,033rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,293rd in 2019) and the 54th most popular American Physicist.

Philip Warren Anderson is most famous for his work in the field of condensed matter physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 for his discovery of how electrons behave in a metal.

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Among physicists, Philip Warren Anderson ranks 255 out of 851Before him are Georg von Békésy, Ivar Giaever, Claude-Louis Navier, Brian Josephson, Charles Wheatstone, and Masatoshi Koshiba. After him are David Brewster, Otto Robert Frisch, Rainer Weiss, Syukuro Manabe, Max Delbrück, and John Hasbrouck Van Vleck.

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Among people born in 1923, Philip Warren Anderson ranks 40Before him are Anne Baxter, Nizar Qabbani, Morris, René Girard, Jorge Semprún, and Stjepan Bobek. After him are Alice Miller, Mauno Koivisto, Erland Josephson, Edgar F. Codd, Shūsaku Endō, and Glynis Johns. Among people deceased in 2020, Philip Warren Anderson ranks 48Before him are Eduard Limonov, Kenzō Takada, Luis Sepúlveda, Geert Hofstede, Mirella Freni, and Masatoshi Koshiba. After him are Kim Ki-duk, Buck Henry, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Joel Schumacher, and Brian Dennehy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Philip Warren Anderson ranks 1,033 out of 20,380Before him are Edward Tatum (1909), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Mary Jackson (1921), Forest Whitaker (1961), and Leon Festinger (1919). After him are Randy Couture (1963), David Hasselhoff (1952), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Al Jarreau (1940), Paul Flory (1910), and R. Lee Ermey (1944).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Philip Warren Anderson ranks 54Before him are Roy J. Glauber (1925), Frederick Reines (1918), Burton Richter (1931), Leon M. Lederman (1922), Henry Way Kendall (1926), and John Archibald Wheeler (1911). After him are John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Julian Schwinger (1918), John Vincent Atanasoff (1903), Hugh David Politzer (1949), Steven Chu (1948), and George Smoot (1945).