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Carl E. Wieman

Carl E. WiemanAKA Carl Edwin Wieman

Born: 26-Mar-1951
Birthplace: Corvallis, OR

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bose-Einstein Condensates

American physicist Carl E. Wieman broke new territory in quantum physics by producing, in collaboration with Eric A. Cornell, an unprecedented state of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates. By cooling rubidium atoms to almost absolute zero, they caused the atoms to combine and behave as a single "superatom" for 10 seconds. Predicted decades earlier by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein but never before actually achieved, this accomplishment helped illuminate several long-standing paradoxes of quantum mechanics, and earned the Nobel Prize for Wieman, Cornell, and Wolfgang Ketterle, who duplicated their results in independent research in Germany.

Father: N. Orr
Mother: Alison Wieman
Brother: Howard
Wife: Sarah Gilbert (m. 1984)

    High School: Corvallis High School, Corvallis, OR
    University: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1973)
    University: PhD, Stanford University (1977)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Michigan (1979-84)
    Teacher: Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1984-87)
    Professor: Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1987-2007)
    Professor: University of British Columbia (2007-)

    White House Staff Associate Director for Science Policy (2010-12)
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1990
    Lorentz Medal 1998 (with Eric A. Cornell)
    Nobel Prize for Physics 2001 (with Eric A. Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle)
    Oersted Medal 2007
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1998
    American Association of Physics Teachers
    American Physical Society 1990
    National Academy of Sciences 1995
    Optical Society of America
    Jewish Ancestry
    Democratic National Committee
    League of Conservation Voters


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