Ansel C. Anderson


Professor Emeritus Ansel C. Anderson was a highly productive experimental condensed matter physicist who made significant, lasting contributions to our understanding of the properties of crystalline materials at low temperature. He was noted by his peers for his far-sightedness in addressing a broad scope of relevant and pressing questions in materials science with well-thought-out quantitative experiments, and for his ingenuity in developing new instrumentation and measurement techniques.
Ansel Anderson came to Illinois as a graduate student, earning his Ph.D. in 1961 under John C. Wheatley, then stayed on as a researcher (one year as a postdoctoral research assistant, one year as a research assistant professor) before joining the regular faculty in 1964. Ansel Anderson served as head of the physics department from 1986 until his retirement in 1992.