Royal Society Publishing

Sir Alfred Brian Pippard. 7 September 1920 — 21 September 2008

Malcolm S. Longair , John R. Waldram


Sir Brian Pippard was a brilliant experimental physicist with a deep understanding of physics and physical processes; he used this understanding to make pioneering contributions to condensed matter physics. He will be particularly remembered as the first experimenter to map a Fermi surface and for his non-local theories of electromagnetic response in normal metals and superconductors, the latter predating the theory of superconductivity of Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffer. Most of his career was spent at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where he held the Cavendish Professorship of Experimental Physics from 1971 to 1982. From 1966 to 1973 he was the first President of Clare Hall, then a newly founded graduate college. He died aged 88 years on 21 September 2008.