Remembering J. Robert Schrieffer: A Pioneer in Superconductivity Theory?

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In summary, J. Robert Schrieffer, one of the key figures in the BCS theory of superconductivity, passed away in July at the age of 88. His work, including the influential 1957 BCS theory paper, has had a lasting impact on the field of physics. However, in his later years, Schrieffer withdrew from the physics community after a tragic accident and subsequent incarceration. Despite this, his book on superconductivity remains highly regarded.
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I'm surprised no one has posted this already, considering that we are usually quick to announce the passing of major figures in science. Or maybe I missed it somewhere in this forum.

J. Robert Schrieffer, the "S" in BCS theory of superconductivity, has passed away this past July at the age of 88. If you do a search on PF for "BCS theory", you would have gotten many hits. In fact, the BCS theory paper of 1957 is one of the most cited paper in physics. Schrieffer's text on superconductivity was one of the ones that I used when I got into this field as a graduate student.

Unfortunately, he withdrew from the physics community during the last several years of his life after the tragic accident and his incarceration, as you can read from the news report. The impact of his work, though, remains as his biggest legacy.

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That's sad news. In my oppinion, his book on superconductivity is still one of the best books on the topic.
 

Related to Remembering J. Robert Schrieffer: A Pioneer in Superconductivity Theory?

1. How did J. Robert Schrieffer contribute to the field of superconductivity theory?

J. Robert Schrieffer, along with John Bardeen and Leon N. Cooper, developed the BCS theory of superconductivity in 1957. This theory explained the phenomenon of superconductivity and led to a deeper understanding of the behavior of electrons in metals.

2. What is the significance of J. Robert Schrieffer's work in the scientific community?

J. Robert Schrieffer's work on superconductivity theory earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1972, along with John Bardeen and Leon N. Cooper. His contributions have greatly advanced the field of condensed matter physics and have had numerous practical applications in areas such as electronics and medical imaging.

3. What inspired J. Robert Schrieffer to study superconductivity?

J. Robert Schrieffer became interested in superconductivity after attending lectures by John Bardeen, who had already made significant contributions to the field. He was also influenced by his mentor, Julian Schwinger, who encouraged him to pursue research in this area.

4. How did J. Robert Schrieffer's personal life influence his scientific career?

J. Robert Schrieffer's upbringing in a family of scientists and his supportive parents played a significant role in his scientific success. He also met his long-time collaborator, John Bardeen, while attending the University of Illinois, which had a lasting impact on his career.

5. What is J. Robert Schrieffer's legacy in the field of superconductivity?

J. Robert Schrieffer's contributions to superconductivity theory continue to be studied and built upon by scientists today. His work has led to advancements in technology, such as the development of superconducting magnets used in MRI machines. He also served as a mentor to many young scientists and inspired future generations to pursue research in this field.

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