CU-Boulder faculty have been awarded five Nobel prizes, four in physics and one in chemistry, and they have contributed valuable data to the international climate change report that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
2012 Nobel Prize in physics: David J. Wineland
David Wineland, a lecturer in CU-Boulder’s physics department and a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics for his work using laser cooling to trap individual ions, allowing researchers to manipulate and measure individual quantum systems. He shared the prize with France’s Serge Haroche.
2007 Nobel Peace Prize: CU-Boulder faculty
Several CU-Boulder research faculty shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore for their contributions to the international report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They include faculty from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, the ecology and evolutionary biology department and the economics department.
2005 Nobel Prize in physics: John L. Hall
Adjoint Professor John "Jan" Hall won the 2005 Nobel Prize in physics for his contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique.
2001 Nobel Prize in physics: Carl E. Wieman and Eric A. Cornell
Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Senior Scientist Eric Cornell of the National Institute of Standards and Technology won the 2001 Nobel Prize in physics for creating a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate, which may lead to the creation of precise measuring devices and lasers that could dispense beams of atoms for micro-assembly purposes.