Brian David Josephson

Welsh Nobel Laureate in Physics

Brian David Josephson, FRS[1] (born 4 January 1940; Cardiff, Wales[2]) is a Welsh physicist who became a Nobel laureate in 1973.[2][3] He is of Jewish descent.[4]

Brian Josephson
Born (1940-01-04) 4 January 1940 (age 84)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Known forHis work in condensed matter physics, Josephson effect
AwardsNobel Prize for Physics (1973)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge

As of late 2007, he was a retired professor at the University of Cambridge, where he is the head of the Mind–Matter Unification Project in the Theory of Condensed Matter (TCM) research group. He is also a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.[5]

Josephson is one of the more well-known scientists who say that parapsychological phenomena may be real, and is also interested in the possibility that Eastern mysticism may have relevance to scientific understanding. In 2005, Josephson said that "parapsychology should now have become a conventional field of research, and yet parapsychology's claims are still not generally accepted". He compared this situation to that of Alfred Wegener's hypothesis of continental drift, where there was initially great resistance to acceptance despite the strength of the evidence.[6]


  1. "Brian D. Josephson – Curriculum Vitae". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to the Nobel Prizes". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
  3. "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1973". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  4. Service, International Publications (1983). International Who's Who, 1983-84. Europa Publications Limited. ISBN 978-0-905118-86-4.
  5. "Brian David Josephson". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  6. Thalbourne, Michael A.; Storm, Lance (2014). Parapsychology in the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the Future of Psychical Research. McFarland. pp. 1–2. ISBN 978-0-7864-8446-1.