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2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics to Present Public Lecture at Albright College


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October 17, 2011

Reading, Pa.  – Physicist Eric Cornell, Ph.D., 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics, will present a lecture on his work with laser science/Bose-Einstein condensates, on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Memorial Chapel.

In his presentation, Cornell will talk about how this fundamental advance, for which he won the 2001 Nobel Prize, is providing new insight into the nature of matter and leading to new technologies.

Cornell is a fellow and the chair of JILA, formerly named the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics. He also is a fellow and research physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colo., and professor adjoint at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In 1990, he became a post-doctoral researcher at JILA where he began working with Carl Wieman on laser cooling experiments. Cornell and Wieman were able to create the first Bose-Einstein condensate in 1995. Cornell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, together with Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle “for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates.”

In October 2004, Cornell had his left arm and shoulder amputated due to a case of necrotizing fasciitis (often called “flesh-eating disease”). He was discharged from the hospital in mid-December 2004 and returned to work part-time in April 2005.

He received a bachelor of science in physics with distinction and honor in 1985 from Stanford University and a doctorate in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.

Cornell will also meet with students and faculty in various sessions during his two-day visit to Albright College. His visit to Albright College has been funded through the Distinguished Traveling Lecturer program of the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Sciences.

For more information on his work, visit the Cornell Group page: http://jilawww.colorado.edu/bec/CornellGroup/index.html

This event is part of the Celebration of the Sciences at Albright College. In celebration of the Grand Opening of Albright College’s new Science Center, which was held on October 14, 2011, events such as lectures by prominent alumni and professionals in the sciences and exciting research presentations by faculty and students have been taking place since last fall and will continue through spring 2012. For more information and a calendar of events, visit www.albright.edu/sciencecelebration/

Memorial Chapel is located on the Albright College campus at 13th & Union Streets in Reading, Pa.  For more information or disabled assistance, please contact College Relations at 610-921-7526.

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. More than half  of students have dual/individualized majors in as many as 200 different combinations annually. Albright enrolls about 1,660 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.