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Brian David Josephson

Brian David Josephson (born Cardiff, Wales, UK, 4 January, 1940) is a British physicist whose discovery of the Josephson effect as a 22-year-old graduate student won him the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physics, which he shared with Leo Esaki and Ivar Giaever. From Fall 2007, he is a retired professor at the University of Cambridge where he is the head of the mind-matter unification project in the Theory of Condensed Matter research group. He is also a fellow of Trinity College.[1]


Josephson is one of the more well-known scientists who believe that parapsychological phenomena may be real, and is also interested in the possibility that Eastern mysticism may have relevance to scientific understanding.[2] He has said that one of his guiding principles has been 'Take nobody's word for it' (nullius in verba), saying that "if scientists as a whole denounce an idea, this should not necessarily be taken as proof that the said idea is absurd; rather, one should examine carefully the alleged grounds for such opinions and judge how well these stand up to detailed scrutiny."[3]

See also

  • List of physicists
  • Scientific phenomena named after people
  • "Brian Josephson Eight Years Later" by Philip Anderson, Physics Today, November 1970. Anderson's account (he taught the graduate course in solid-state/many-body theory in which Josephson was a student) of Josephson's discovery.


  1. ^ Jewish Virtual Library on Brian David Josephson, Retrieved Sept 17, 2007
  2. ^ Encyclopedia Britannica Online, Retrieved Sept 17, 2007
  3. ^ Brian David Josephson's home page, Retrieved Sept 17, 2007
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