Awards & Winners

John Bardeen

Date of Birth 23-May-1908
Place of Birth Madison
(United States of America, Wisconsin, Area code 608)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Inventor, Physicist, Scientist, Engineer, Electrical engineer
John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the invention of the transistor; and again in 1972 with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity known as the BCS theory. The transistor revolutionized the electronics industry, allowing the Information Age to occur, and made possible the development of almost every modern electronic device, from telephones to computers to missiles. Bardeen's developments in superconductivity, which won him his second Nobel, are used in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy or its medical sub-tool magnetic resonance imaging. In 1990, John Bardeen appeared on LIFE Magazine's list of "100 Most Influential Americans of the Century."

Awards by John Bardeen

Check all the awards nominated and won by John Bardeen.


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for their jointly developed theory of superconductivity, usually called the BCS-theory)


IEEE Medal of Honor
(for his profound contributions to the understanding of the conductivity of solids, to the invention of the transistor, and to the microscopic theory of superconductivity)


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For his brilliant contributions to the theory of electrical conductivity in solid materials, and especially those which led to the development of a successful theory of superconductivity.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect)