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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae of William D. Phillips
Updated: November 1997


  • Born: 5 November 1948
  • Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Citizenship: United States of America

Laser Cooling and Trapping Group

Business address:

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mail Stop 8424
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899
FAX: (301) 975-3038
Photograph of Dr. William D. Phillips


  • Camp Hill High School, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, diploma (Valedictorian) 1966.
  • Juniata College, Huntington, Pennsylvania, B.S., Physics, summa cum laude, 1970.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ph.D., Physics, 1976.
    Thesis under Prof. Daniel Kleppner, thesis title: I. The Magnetic Moment of the Proton in H2O; II. Inelastic Collisions in Excited Na.

Awards and Honors:

  • Pennsylvania State Scholarship, 1966-1970
  • C.C. Ellis Memorial Scholarship, 1969-1970
  • Election to Juniata College Honor Society, 1969
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1970
  • National Science Foundation Fellow, 1970-1973
  • Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow, 1976-1978
  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award of the Maryland Academy of Sciences, 1982.
  • Scientific Achievement Award of the Washington Academy of Sciences,1982
  • Silver Medal of the Department of Commerce, 1983
  • Samuel Wesley Stratton Award of the National Bureau of Standards, 1987
  • Arthur S. Flemming Award of the Washington Downtown Jaycees, 1988
  • Gold Medal of the Department of Commerce, 1993.
  • Election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1995
  • Election as a NIST Fellow, 1995
  • Michelson Medal of the Franklin Insitute, 1996
  • Distinguished Traveling Lecturer (APS-DLS), 1996-98
  • Election to the National Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997
  • Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science (APS), 1998

Professional societies:

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi Research Society
  • Society of Physics Students

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