IOP pays tribute to Professor Leo Kadanoff

5 November 2015

The Institute of Physics has paid tribute to Professor Leo Kadanoff, a former president of the American Physical Society and winner of the IOP’s Isaac Newton Medal in 2011, who died on 26 October at the age of 78.

Professor Leo Kadanoff

Kadanoff, whose career covered fields as diverse as superconductivity, phase transitions and urban growth, was emeritus professor of physics at the University of Chicago.

The IOP’s chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, said: “Leo was a real polymath with such a broad range of interests, and whatever he turned his active curiosity towards you would be sure an interesting and insightful contribution would follow. He was a major contributor to 20th-century physics and the physics community, and he will be very much missed.”