Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Speaks at K-State

Carl Wieman, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001, presented "Resonant BEC:  A New Macroscopic Quantum System," on Nov. 7th.

The lecture, sponsored by K-State's department of physics, was free and the public was invited.

Wieman, a distinguished professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has carried out research in a variety of laser spectroscopy areas, including using laser light to cool atoms.  This led to cooling atoms sufficiently to attain Bose-Einstein condensation, for which he won the Nobel Prize.

In addition, he is the recipient of the National Science Foundation's 2001 Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Board of Physics and Astronomy, the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education and the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics.

Wieman also is a faculty member of JILA, an interdisciplinary institute for research and graduate education in the physical sciences.  The institute, on the Colorado campus, is jointly operated by the university and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Wieman earned a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Stanford University.  He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago.