About John Bardeen
John Bardeen is the only person to ever win two Nobel Prizes in the same field. The first, in 1956, was for work on semiconductors that led to the invention of the transistor. Bardeen’s transistor radically improved almost every electronic device in use today, and had a major impact on the evolution of computers. In 1972, he earned a second Nobel Prize for devising the first successful explanation of superconductivity, which had puzzled physicists since its discovery in 1908. A Professor at the University of Illinois, Bardeen was on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Friends of Fermilab from 1983-1989. The program honors his achievements as both a physicist and an engineer.