Anderson, Philip W.

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Anderson, Philip W. Gender: M
Philip Warren Anderson
born on 13 December 1923 at 21:10 (= 9:10 PM )
Place Indianapolis, Indiana, 39n46, 86w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 21°06' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 09°54 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 22°42'

Philip W. Anderson


American physicist and Nobel laureate who made contributions to the theories of localization, antiferromagnetism, symmetry breaking (including a paper in 1962 discussing symmetry breaking in particle physics, leading to the development of the Standard Model around 10 years later), and high-temperature superconductivity, and to the philosophy of science through his writings on emergent phenomena.

He was awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize in 1964, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 and was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1980. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1982.

Anderson was an atheist and was one of 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto. Anderson was also interested in Japanese culture, living in Japan for a time and becoming a 1st Dan master of the board game Go. The Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) awarded him a lifetime achievement award in 2007, and Anderson joked that there were only four people in Japan who could beat him. He died in Princeton, New Jersey on 29 March 2020 at the age of 96.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1977 (Nobel Prize in Physics)
  • Work : Prize 1982 (National Medal of Science)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana Archives.


  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Master of board game Go)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Lived in Japan)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Atheist
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 96)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of theoretical physics)
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Physics)
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Physics)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (National Medal of Science)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Anderson localization," etc)