Anthony James Leggett

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Sir Anthony James Leggett

Sir Anthony James Leggett (born March 26, 1938) is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics, and his pioneering work on superfluidity was recognized by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics.


  • The people who do make big discoveries are the ones who somehow manage to free themselves from conventional ways of thinking and to see the subject from a new perspective.
    • Interview 2003 Nobel Laureates in Physics, 9 December 2003 (8:02).
  • Remember that no piece of honestly conducted research is ever wasted, even if it seems so at the time. Put it away in a drawer, and ten, twenty or thirty years down the road, it will come back and help you in ways you never anticipated.
  • There are very few things that can be proved rigorously in condensed matter physics.

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