A name now far removed from its original descriptive term for someone engaged in the making and repairing of barrels and casks, ‘Cooper’ figures prominently in the historical record.
Many gained high honours and distinction through their service to the state, while others have achieved fame through a rich variety of endeavours and pursuits ranging from the stage and music to sport and the sciences.
Born in 1901, the son of English immigrants to the United States, Gary Cooper was the Hollywood actor who won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1942 for his role of the title character in Sergeant York, and another ten years later for his role of Marshall Will Kane in High Noon.
From the stage to music, Vincent Damon Furnier is the veteran American rock star better known as Alice Cooper, the name of the band he formed in the late 1960s.
Chronicled here are the colourful lives and times of the Coopers.
Cooper Family Name Mini-Book Excerpt
"Bearers of the Cooper name have stamped a mark on the historical record through their pioneering work in the sciences.
Born in New York City in 1930, Leon N. Cooper is the American physicist who, along with John Bardeen and John Robert Schrieffer, shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1972 for their work on a special theory of superconductivity.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the character of Sheldon Cooper in the popular television comedy series The Big Bang Theory is named in part after him."