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Wolfgang Ketterle

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2001

John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2001

John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics

Wolfgang Ketterle
Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2001
John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics
Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics
Director, MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms

Wolfgang Ketterle is a John D. MacArthur professor of physics, the associate director at the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and the director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. His experimental research in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy made him one of the first scientists to observe the Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute atomic gases phenomenon. His awards include the Gustav-Hertz Prize of the German Physical Society, the Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation, and the Nobel prize in physics.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Diverse contributions to physics, including discovery of a new molecule and research on clean combustion technology.
  • Mentorship by David Pritchard at MIT.
  • Observation of the Bose-Einstein condensate, which won him the Nobel prize in 2001.

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