John Robert Schrieffer

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John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist born May 31, 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois he most well-known for his contributing work on the BCS Theory of Superconductivity with John Bardeen and Leon Cooper at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He published his book on the BCS Theory in 1964.  For which he received the Noble Prize in Physics in 1972.

As a child he was passionate about rockets and ham radio it would be these passions that would lead him to the field of electrical engineering.  In 1949 he graduated from Eustis High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT he became fascinated with physics and decided to switch majors.  He received his BA in 1953 and his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1957. During his graduate program he worked directly under professor John Bardeen as a graduate researcher.

Upon graduating he taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. He then took a position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and was named the Mary Amanda Wood professor of physics. Schrieffer was named the Andrew D. White professor at Cornell, the University of California, University of Florida, Florida State University, and the University of Birmingham.

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