J. Robert Schrieffer

J. Robert Schrieffer
Oak Park, IL, USA
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John Robert Schrieffer was born in Oak Park, IL, on May 31st, 1931. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1957. Schrieffer was a student of John Bardeen and in 1957 co-authored the seminal paper "Theory of Superconductivity", his major contribution being the theory describing the coalescence of electrons.

After receiving his doctorate, he was employed by the University of Birmingham, the Niels Bohr Institute, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and eventually was hired as faculty by the University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

In 1984, he became director of the University of California's Institute for Theoretical Physics, and became the chief scientist of the laboratory at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.

In 2004, Schrieffer was involved in a fatal auto accident and sentenced to two years in prison for felony vehicular manslaughter.

Schrieffer died on July 27th, 2019.