Leon N. Cooper attends the Bronx High School of Science, where he graduates from in 1947.

Leon N. Cooper receives his B.A. from Columbia University in 1951.

Leon N. Cooper receives his PhD in physics from Columbia University in 1954 with the dissertation "mu-mesonic atoms and the electromagnetic radius of the nucleus" under the supervision of Robert Serber.

Leon N. Cooper is Assistant Professor at Ohio State University.

Leon N. Cooper becomes Professor at Brown University, Providence, RI.

In 1956, Leon N. Cooper predicts that in condensed matter physics at low temperature two electrons can be bound together - a behaviour that is called Cooper pair. Robert Schrieffer and John Bardeen elaborate on this idea and propose the first successful microscopic theory of superconductivity, published in April 1957. This theory is known as the BCS theory from the surnames of Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer.

In 1974, Leon N. Cooper becomes Thomas Watson Professor of Science at Brown University. He is also a founder and the director of the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems at Brown University. In 1981 along with Elie Bienenstock and Paul Munro, Leon N. Cooper develops the BCM theory, a physical theory of learning in the visual cortex.

Leon N. Cooper receives his M.A. in physics from Columbia University in 1953.

Leon N. Cooper is awarded, with John Bardeen and Bob Schrieffer the Nobel Prize in Physics "for their jointly developed theory of superconductivity, usually called the BCS-theory."

Leon N. Cooper is Henry Ledyard Goddard University Professor at Brown University from 1966 to 1974.

Leon N. Cooper is Associate Professor at Brown University, Providence, RI.

Leon N. Cooper is postdoc research associate at the University of Illinois-Champaign, working with John Bardeen at the theory of superconductivity.

Leon N. Cooper is member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Leon N. Cooper is born in New York City on 28 February 1930.