Leon Cooper

About Leon Cooper

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: February 28, 1930
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States, United States
Residence: United States
Alma mater: Columbia University (B.A. 1951, M.A. 1953, Ph.D. 1954)
Known for: Superconductivity Cooper pairs
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1972) Comstock Prize in Physics (1968)
Fields: Physics
Institutions: Brown University
Doctoral advisor: Robert Serber

Leon Cooper

Leon Cooper was born on February 28, 1930 in Bronx, New York, United States, United States, is Physicist. Leon N Cooper is an American physicist renowned for his contributions in developing the BCS theory, the first successful and widely accepted superconductivity theory. He developed it along with fellow American physicists, John Bardeen and John Robert Schrieffer. This contribution of the trio led them to jointly receive the ‘Nobel Prize in Physics’ in 1972. In the BCS theory he discovered that when normal conditions prevail, electrons behave repulsively with each other, while they are drawn towards each other in superconductors. This concept was named after him as Cooper electron pairs. He also investigated the brain and the central nervous system and the low-temperature superfluid state. A ‘Thomas J. Watson Senior Professor of Science’ at the ‘Brown University’, Cooper has also developed the BCM theory, which is considerably the most accurate model of synaptic plasticity till present. He is the Director of the ‘Institute for Brain and Neural Systems’ at the ‘Brown University’. Apart from the ‘Nobel Prize’, he was also honoured with the ‘Comstock Prize’ in Physics by the ‘National Academy of Sciences’ in 1968 (received along with John Robert Schrieffer), the ‘Descartes Medal’ by the ‘Academie de Paris’, ‘Université René Descartes’, in 1977, the ‘John Jay Award’ of ‘Columbia College’ in 1985 and the ‘College de France Medal’ in 2000.
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Occupation Scientists
Age 90 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 28, 1930 (Bronx, New York, United States, United States)
Birthday February 28
Town/City Bronx, New York, United States, United States
Nationality United States

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Cooper graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1947 and received a B.A. in 1951, M.A. in 1953, and Ph.D. in 1954 from Columbia University. He spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study and taught at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University before coming to Brown University in 1958. He is the Thomas J. Watson Sr. Professor of Science at Brown, and Director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems.


Cooper is the author of an unconventional liberal-arts physics textbook, originally An Introduction to the Meaning and Structure of Physics (Harper and Row, 1968) and still in print in a somewhat condensed form as Physics: Structure and Meaning (Lebanon: New Hampshire, University Press of New England, 1992).


In 1969 Cooper married Kay Allard. They had two children.


Cooper is the author of Science and Human Experience – a collection of essays, including previously unpublished material, on issues such as consciousness and the structure of space. (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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