William Daniel Phillips

About William Daniel Phillips

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: November 05, 1948
Birth Place: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater: MIT Juniata College
Known for: Laser cooling
Awards: Nobel Prize in physics (1997)
Fields: Physics
Institutions: NIST University of Maryland, College Park
Doctoral advisor: Daniel Kleppner

William Daniel Phillips

William Daniel Phillips was born on November 05, 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States, is Physicist. William Daniel Phillips is an American physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. An expert in the field of laser cooling, he has also developed methods of atom trapping. Born in Pennsylvania to parents who valued education and reading, he was encouraged from a young age to pursue his scientific interests. While neither of his parents—who were both social workers—had any specific interest in science, they recognized their son’s love for the subject and supported his endeavors. He even had a laboratory in the basement of his home where he performed experiments including potentially dangerous ones. He graduated from Juniata College summa cum laude and proceeded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his doctorate. He earned his PhD with a thesis focusing on the magnetic moment of the proton in H2O. He then joined the staff of the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) where he began the research that would ultimately lead him to the Nobel Prize. He built upon the works of Steven Chu to develop new and improved methods for measuring the temperature of laser-cooled atoms, and collaborated with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji for more advanced work in the same field.
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Popular As William Daniel Phillips
Occupation Scientists
Age 72 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 05, 1948 (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States)
Birthday November 05
Town/City Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality United States

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Phillips was born to william Cornelius Phillips of Juniata, Pennsylvania and Mary Catherine Savino of Ripacandida, Italy. He is of Italian descent on his mother's side and of Welsh descent on his father's side. His parents moved to Camp Hill (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) in 1959, where he attended high school and graduated valedictorian of his class. He graduated from Juniata College in 1970 summa cum laude. After that he received his physics doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1978 he joined NIST.


Phillips married Jane Van Wynen shortly before he went to MIT. Neither had been regular churchgoers early in their marriage. However, in 1979, they joined the Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland because they appreciated its diversity. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He and his wife have two daughters; Caitlin Phillips (b 1979) who founded Rebound Designs, and Christine Phillips (b 1981) who works in Science Communication.


He is one of three well-known Scientists and Methodist laity who have involved themselves in the religion and science dialogue. The other two Scientists and fellow Methodists are Chemist Charles Coulson and 1981 Nobel laureate Arthur Leonard Schawlow.


In 1996, he received the Albert A. Michelson Medal from The Franklin Institute.


In Oct 2010 Phillips participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Lunch with a laureate program where middle and high school students got to engage in an informal conversation with a Nobel Prize–winning scientist over a brown-bag lunch. Phillips is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.


During a seminar at the UMCP Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry titled Coherent Atoms in Optical Lattices Phillips stated, "Rubidium is God's gift to Bose–Einstein condensates."

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