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Ramapo Physics Professor One of the Brainiest People in New Jersey in “Inside Jersey” magazine

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(MAHWAH, NJ) – Physics Professor Philip Anderson was named one of the 20 Brainiest People in New Jersey by the March 2012 edition of “Inside Jersey” magazine.  As a member on what the magazine terms the N.J. Brainpower List, Anderson is lauded as an inventor with 37 U.S. patents (although the magazine only cites 34) and more than 100 foreign patents.

“It is flattering to be included in such a group of talented people,” said Anderson.

Anderson, a resident of Madison, NJ, was also named Inventor of the Year by the New Jersey’s Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001 for inventing the acoustic-magnetic electronic article surveillance (EAS) system used worldwide.  The effects of the 1987 invention are still felt today in the plastic anti-theft tags pinned to clothing or labels that are affixed to merchandise in retail stores.  The technology has been used in devices that prevent theft of library books and newborns in the hospital.  The surveillance system also warns surgeons if they leave a sponge or instrument in a patient during surgery.

For the full list of the Garden State’s brainiest and brightest residents, please visit


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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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