Leon Cooper

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Leon Cooper born in New York on February 28, 1930 is an American physicist and is widely known as for his work with John Bardeen and John Robert Schrieffer in developing the BCS Theory ofSuperconductivity while at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

“His principal contribution to the BCS theory was the discovery (1956) that electrons, which under normal conditions repel each other, are attracted to each other in superconductors, a phenomenon termed the Cooper electron pairs” (Britannica, 2014).

For which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972 for his contribution to the Theory.  He is also known for his contributing work of the BCM Theory of synaptic plasticity and Cooper pairs.
Leon graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1947 wanting to continue his education he enrolled at Columbia University. Where he received his B.A in 1951, MA in 1953, and PhD in 1954 in Physics. Upon completing his education he pursued a position at the Institute for Advanced Study for a year. Followed by teaching at the University of Illinois, Ohio State University, and finally settling at Brown University in 1958 and appointed the Henry Ledyard Goddard university professor in 1966 Thomas J. Watson, Sr. professor of Science 1974 and Director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems.

Work Cited:
Leon N. Cooper. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2014, from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/136281/Leon-N-Cooper
Leon Cooper. (2014, November 19). Retrieved November 20, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Cooper
Leon N. Cooper - Biographical. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2014, from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1972/cooper-bio.html Image of Cooper.
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