Professor Anthony J. Leggett, 2003 Nobel Laureate in Physics, honored as “CAS Einstein Professorship” at SINAP

2010-04-07   Scientific Research Office

Professor Anthony J. Leggett, 2003 Nobel laureate in Physics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, was honored as a “CAS Einstein Professorship” at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), on March 2, 2010. During his two-day visit to SINAP, Professor Leggett gave two lectures to over 200 researchers and graduate students, attended a colloquium on “Physics and Interdisciplinary Science”, and paid a visit to the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility. To share his knowledge with the Chinese colleagues, he felt that “there were several fields that solid connections and collaborations could be formed in the near future between university of Illinois and CAS institutes”

During his staying in China, Professor Leggett also visited Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, Peking University, Nankai University, and University of Science and Technology of China.

Professor A. J. Leggett is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low- temperature physics, and his pioneering work on superfluidity of 3He was recognized by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded jointly to Professors Alexei A. Abrikosov of Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA, Vitaly L. Ginzburg of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia, and A. J. Leggett, for their pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids.

The Einstein Professorship Program, as a key initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, aims at strengthening the relationship between CAS scientists and respective Einstein Professors and their laboratories, in terms of scientific and technological links, cooperation and exchange, with intensified international training activities for future generations of scientists in China.