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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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