Phil Anderson was one of the most creative theoretical physicists of the past century. A specialist in the science of solids, he made influential contributions to our understanding of magnetism, discovered the important phenomenon of Anderson localisation (the absence of diffusion waves in disordered media).
In the past fifteen years, I had dozens of lunches with Freeman and I can remember every single one of them. They were so entertaining, and such an education, that I made notes about each of them. He was always quiet- spoken, direct and – unlike most scientific celebrities of his stature – as content to listen as to talk.
Martin Rees, a former President of the Royal Society, is one of the most accomplished cosmologists of the past half-century. ….
Karen Uhlenbeck, one of the most accomplished mathematicians of the past fifty years, belatedly won the Abel Prize in 2019. …..