Philip W. Anderson

American physicist (1923-2020)
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Philip Warren Anderson (December 13, 1923 – March 29, 2020) was an American physicist. Anderson created and helped prove theories such as localization, antiferromagnetism, symmetry breaking, high-temperature superconductivity. He wrote many things about the emergent phenomena.[1]

Philip Warren Anderson
Born(1923-12-13)December 13, 1923
DiedMarch 29, 2020(2020-03-29) (aged 96)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (1977)
National Medal of Science (1982)
Scientific career
InstitutionsBell Laboratories
Princeton University
Cambridge University
Doctoral advisorJohn Hasbrouck van Vleck

Anderson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was raised in Urbana, Illinois. Anderson studied at Harvard University.

Anderson was an atheist[2] and was one of 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.[3]

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 and the National Medal of Science in 1982.

Anderson died on March 29, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey, aged 96.[4]


  1. Horgan, J. (1994) Profile: Philip W. Anderson – Gruff Guru of Condensed Matter Physics, Scientific American 271(5), 34-35.
  2. Anderson, Philip W. (2011). "Imaginary Friend, Who Art in Heaven". More and Different: Notes from a Thoughtful Curmudgeon. World Scientific. p. 177. ISBN 9789814350129. We atheists can, as he does, argue that, with the modern revolution in attitudes toward homosexuals, we have become the only group that may not reveal itself in normal social discourse.
  3. "Notable Signers". Humanism and Its Aspirations. American Humanist Association. Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. 20世纪物理学巨人、诺奖得主菲利普安德森逝世,享年96岁 (in Chinese)

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