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Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle—professor of physics, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Repeat Broadcast: 

Broadcast Date: March 5, 2015
7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific—BBS Radio, Station One, found here.

Special Feature Edition: Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Physics—MIT

Together with physicists Eric Allin Cornell  and Carl Wieman, Dr. Wolfgang Ketterle won the Nobel Prize in Physics for demonstrating the Bose-Eisenstein Condensate.

Originally from Heidelberg, Germany, Dr. Ketterle is Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He earned his Ph.D in experimental molecular spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. In 1990 he joined the group of Dr. David E. Pritchard at the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). Appointed in 1993 to the MIT physics faculty, Dr. Ketterle became the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT in 1998. Dr. Ketterle serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), and participates in the Distinguished Lecture Series of CEE's flagship program for high school students, the Research Science Institute (RSI), which Dr. Ketterle's own son Jonas attended in 2003.

A passionate athlete, Dr. Ketterle is also a runner featured in the December 2009 issue of Runner's World; "I'm a Runner"—the full article is here. Dr. Ketterle spoke of taking his running shoes to Stockholm when he received the Nobel Prize and happily running in the early dusk.

  • Please click here for the Nobel Foundation's page about Dr. Ketterle and his colleagues.
  • Here, you will find Dr. Ketterle's official MIT page.
  • A video from Dr. Ketterle's Nobel Lecture on atoms behaving like waves and the Bose-Einstein Condensate can be seen here.