Anthony James Leggett was born on March 26, 1938 in Camberwell, London, U.K.

Professor Leggett is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics. He was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics (with V. L. Ginzburg and A. A. Abrikosov) for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids. He was Knighted (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 “for services to physics”.

He currently serves as the chief scientist at the Institute for Condensed Matter Theory, a research institute hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prof. Anthony James Leggett delivered the B.M. Birla Memorial Lecture “WHY CAN’T TIME RUN BACKWARDS?” on February 01, 2010.