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Nobel Prize Speaker

Nobel Prize Speaker Visits the Annandale Campus

On January 29, the Annandale Astronomy Club and Student Life sponsored a lecture by Nobel Prize winner Dr. David J. Wineland, titled "Quantum Computers and Schrodinger’s Cat."

Dr. Wineland, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Wineland and French researcher Serge Haroche won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2012 for their development of experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.

The team developed a new method for measuring and controlling individual photons, paving the way for advanced, super-fast computing and more precise instruments. Wineland has been a lecturer in the Department of Physics since 2000. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley; and his Ph.D. from Harvard.