1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics
for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.
Statement by Dr. William D. Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology
I am thrilled to share in this prize along with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji. The joint award emphasizes that this work was not done in isolation. My colleagues in this field have influenced me profoundly and given me an enormous amount of help and stimulation. The research honored by this prize is the result of a huge effort by many other people. The vitality of the research environment at NIST and the scientific quality of my group have been essential to what we have accomplished.
Short Background (more background)
- Born: 1948
- Place of birth: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
- Education: Ph.D. 1976 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
- Affiliation: Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899, U.S.A.
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Online: October 15, 1997