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Anderson feted for 'Go' contributions, Feb. 10

Philip Anderson, the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus at Princeton, will receive a lifetime achievement award from Nihon Ki-in, the association of Japanese professional Go players and teachers, during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room.

Officials from Nihon Ki-in and the president of the New York Go Center will present Anderson, an accomplished Go player, with a diploma during the New Jersey Open Go Tournament, which is the state championship and a major regional event for the Asian board game.

The award recognizes Anderson's contributions to the establishment of Go culture in New Jersey. A diploma of this kind done in the Japanese shodo style of calligraphy has been awarded only three times previously in the United States to physicist Albert Einstein, chess player and author Edward Lasker, and astronaut Daniel Barry.

Anderson traveled to Japan in 1953 as the country's first Fulbright scholar in physics and there first encountered Go, a board game similar to chess and checkers. He remained an avid player during his years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., and later at Princeton. A renowned solid state physicist, Anderson received the Nobel Prize in 1977 for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.

About 80 players from the tournament are expected to join Anderson for the award ceremony. The New Jersey Open is one of the oldest tournaments in the United States. For more information, contact 1973 Princeton alumnus Rick Mott at

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