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Obituary: Dr. Philip W. Anderson


We are deeply saddened by the news that Dr. Philip Warren Anderson, one of the greatest theoretical physicists passed away on Sunday, March 29, local time at age 96. Dr. Anderson who was a professor at Princeton University was also a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo.

Dr. Anderson served as a Fulbright Exchange Researcher at the University of Tokyo from 1953 to 1954. His renowned article “More is Different”, published in Science in 1972 tremendously influenced the world’s development of condensed matter physics research. He was one of the founding scientists in the field of current condensed matter as well as the strongly correlated field of electron systems.

In 1977, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his major contribution to a dramatic new understanding of physical matters through quantum mechanics.

In December 2002, Dr. Anderson delivered a special lecture on high-temperature superconductors at ISSP. In memory of awarding Dr. Anderson an honorary doctorate at the University of Tokyo, Japanese Judas trees (katsura) were planted and these trees continue to take root at the Kashiwa campus.

Dr. Anderson at 2002 in ISSP

Dr. Anderson at the time of his visit to ISSP in 2003. He is in the front row on the left.


(Published on: Thursday April 2nd, 2020)