Alumni Hall of Fame
Leon N. Cooper '47

Leon N. Cooper is a physicist, professor, and Director of the Center for Neural Science at Brown University. After graduating Bronx Science in 1947, Cooper attended Columbia. Cooper was awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on superconductivity. He found that certain metals act as superconductors when cooled to extremely low temperatures. These metals conduct electrical current entirely without resistance when the atoms’ movement becomes orderly. Cooper is now performing neural research at Brown University in an attempt to further understand memory and other brain functions. Cooper has received many forms of recognition for his work, including the Comstock Prize of the National Academy of Sciences (1968) and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1965-66). Cooper also holds seven honorary doctorates.

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