Anthony Leggett enters Balliol College with the intention of majoring in Literae Humaniores. Here he enjoys his academic work, and he makes a variety of friends from all over the world. He does some sculling. After having briefly considered the idea of an academic career in philosophy, he decides that this would be not the right path for him. In the early summer of 1958 he applies to do a second Oxford undergraduate degree, in physics.
Anthony Leggett joins the group of Professor Takeo Matsubara at Kyoto University in Japan. In this period he writes a paper on two-band superconductors, which is to play a crucial role in his research on superfluid 3He a few years later.
Anthony Leggett enters Merton College, where Michael Baker becomes his tutor. But since Merton doesn’t have a tutor in theoretical physics, Leggett ends up going to David Brink (at Balliol) for most of the more theoretically oriented parts of the course. In these years he specializes on theoretical work.
Anthony Leggett earns his Ph.D. in physics with a thesis on problems in the general area of liquid helium which he writes under the supervision of Dirkter Haar at the University of Oxford. During his years as graduate student he enjoys very much the undergraduate teaching. In the middle of his second year of research Leggett applies and obtains a Prize Fellowship (junior fellowship) at Magdalen.
Anthony Leggett attends Wimbledon College. During these years he develops a passion for chess and for long hikes or cycle rides alone into the countryside.
Anthony Leggett joins the group of David Pines at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There Pines and his colleagues John Bardeen, Gordon Baym, Leo Kadanoff and others teach Leggett a great amount of things. He becomes also interested in the superfluid phase of liquid 3He, and he produces an interesting research on Fermi-liquid effects in the superfluid phase.
After another year spent between Oxford, Harvard and Illinois, Leggett joins the University of Sussex that, at the time, has a lively group of theoretical physicists leaded by Blin-Stoyle and a group of able low-temperature experimentalists headed by Douglas Brewer. He spends his first five years mostly teaching the standard undergraduate physics courses and, when possible, working on several problems in theoretical low-temperature physics, including the possible "supersolid" phase of helium.
Anthony Leggett spends a semester at University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Anthony Leggett is born in Camberwell, South London, first of five children to a physics teacher and his wife, a mathematics teacher.
Anthony Leggett does an eight-month stay at Cornell University.
Anthony Leggett elucidates why helium becomes a superfluid when it is exposed to a magnetic field at extreme low temperatures. Superfluidity is a phase of liquid matter characterized by a complete absence of viscosity, which allows superfluids to act bizarrely, flowing upwards out of open containers or circulating endlessly without friction a closed loop. This discovery finds wide application in science, ranging from cosmology to the study of subatomic particles and liquid crystals.
Anthony Leggett is appointed MacArthur Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois. Since the 1980s he works on several topics: low-temperature properties of glasses, high-temperature superconductivity, BEC atomic gases and on the theory of experiments.
Anthony Leggett marries Haruko Kinase, at that time an undergraduate student at Sussex.
When Anthony Leggett is only eighteen months old, his family relocates to Englefield Green, because of the outbreak of World War II. In these years he decides to become an explorer, he takes long walks through the fields and parks surrounding the village and he develops a passion for digging deep holes.
Anthony Leggett receives one third of the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Alexei A. Abrikosov and Vitaly L. Ginzburg "for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids".
Anthony Leggett spends another semester at University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Leggett transfers to Beaumont College, where his father has just started teaching. Because of his academic precocity Leggett is placed in classes with boys a couple of years older than him. He begins studying Latin, Greek languages and literature and he receives also mathematics lessons from a retired priest, Fr. Charles O'Hara. During this period he attends a mountaineering course in Snowdonia which increases his love for hiking. He then obtains a scholarship to Balliol College.
After an extended honeymoon in Japan, anthony Leggett works at Tokyo University. They live with Haruko's parents while he works in the group of Professor Yasushi Wada at the Hongo campus of Tokyo University. Here he meets Shin Takagi and Leggett invites him to Sussex as a postdoc, where they will collaborate extensively on superfluid 3He.