American physicist and winner, with John Bardeen and Leon N. Cooper,
of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physics for developing the BCS theory (for
their initials), the first successful microscopic theory of superconductivity.
Schrieffer taught at the University of Chicago (1957-59) and the University
of Illinois (1959-62) before joining the faculty of the University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where in 1964 he was named Mary Amanda Wood
professor of physics. Schrieffer was Andrew D. White professor at large
at Cornell University (1969-75) and from 1980 was professor of physics
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He published Theory
of Superconductivity in 1964.
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