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Leon Neil Cooper

American Jewish Recipients of the Nobel Prize

Leon N. Cooper: Nobel Prize in Physics Recipient-1972
by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Leon N. Cooper is an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1972, which he shared with John Bardeen and John Robert Schreiffer for their jointly developed theory of superconductivity, usually called the BSC-theory.

Cooper was born on February 28, 1930, in New York City, New York. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1947. He then enrolled at Columbia University where he received his B.A, in 1951, M.A., in 1953 and Ph.D., in 1954.

He taught at the University Illinois, and Ohio State University before coming to Brown University in 1958. He is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science and the Director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems.

Today Cooper is working with other members of the staff and students toward an understanding of memory and brain functions to formulate a scientific model of how the human mind works.

He is the author of a number of books which include: An Introduction to the Meaning and Structure of Physics, 1968, Introduction to Methods of Optimization, 1970, Methods and Application of Linear Programming. 1974.

Leon N. Cooper has received many awards and honors:
● Guggenheim Fellowship, 1965-1966
● A member of the American Physical Society
● A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
● A member of the American Philosophical Society
● A member of the American Academy of Sciences
● A member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
● A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society
● A member of Sigma XI Scientific Research Society

Leon N. Cooper is still active at Brown University.

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