Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of December 14, 2009

William Phillips

Laser-Cooling and Trapping Group Leader, National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)

Dr. William Phillips, a native of Pennsylvania’s coal mining region, fell in love with science as a grade-school student.  After earning his doctorate in physics from M.I.T., he began working at NIST in 1978.  There, he pursued research into laser-cooling, and his discoveries have helped open up a new field of atomic research and expand our knowledge of physics.  His findings have found important application in precision time-keeping, which is important for both private industry and for national security. In 1997, William received the Nobel Prize for Physics along with two other scientists. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Dr. William Phillips HERE

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