Nobel Prize physicist talks “Science, Faith, and Calling” and Einstein

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University's Department of Physics and Engineering will present two lectures featuring William D. Phillips, Ph.D., 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate, on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30.

Phillips’ first lecture titled “Science, Faith, and Calling” will take place on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. His second lecture titled “Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe” will be in Hartline Science Center’s Kuster Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Phillips received his B.S. degree from Juniata College and his Ph.D. from MIT. Since 1978, he has been a physicist at National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST, formerly NBS) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for the “development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

Phillips is the leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping group at NIST and a professor of physics at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms, atomic-gas Bose-Einstein condensates, and quantum information with single-atom qubits.


Phillips’ Research Projects

  • Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms
  • Atomic-Gas Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Quantum Information with Single-Atom Qubits

Phillips’ Awards and Honors

  • 2006 Service to America Award - Career Achievement
  • 2005 Presidential Rank Award
  • 2004 Appointed an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
  • 2002 NIST Condon Award
  • 2000 Richtmeyer Award of the Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers
  • 1998 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science
  • 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light" shared with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.