APS Honors BCS, Joseph Henry in Historic Site Ceremonies
Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer did their work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. APS President Leo Kadanoff (right) presents the historic sites plaque to UIUC Chancellor Richard Herman. The presentation was part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of BCS theory, held at UIUC in October. The plaque reads, “In this building, the home of the University of Illinois’ Physics Department from 1909 to 1959, John Bardeen, Leon Cooper, and J. Robert Schrieffer created the ‘BCS’ theory of superconductivity, a great achievement of theoretical physics, in 1956-1957. For their work, they were awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics.”
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