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(1908–91), US physicist. With William Shockley and Walter Brattain, he developed a point-contact transistor, for which they shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1956. He also worked on the theory of superconductivity, for which he shared the prize in 1972 with colleagues Leon N. Cooper (born 1930) and John Robert Schrieffer (born 1931).
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