Zewail City’s International Supreme Advisory Board welcomes its seventh Nobel Laureate

Zewail City is pleased to announce that Dr. William Phillips, the 1997 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, has joined Zewail City's International Supreme Advisory Board. Phillips was a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in the field of atomic physics for the "development of new methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".

"I am pleased to welcome Nobel laureate Dr. William Phillips to our Supreme Advisory Board. Phillips's expertise in laser physics and commitment to foster science education will be a great asset to the City. We also welcome his kind agreement to soon lecture at the City", said Dr. Ahmed Zewail, the Chairman of the Board.

Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling. As a new technique, laser cooling was developed to slow down the movement of gaseous atoms and achieve temperatures near absolute zero (minus 273 degree Celsius), reaching the "nano-Kelvin" regime.

Zewail City is governed by a Supreme Advisory Board comprised of a distinguished group of individuals. The list now includes seven Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine and economics, as well as 26 international and national executive board members from a number of countries including the United States, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Kuwait, and Egypt.

Dr. William Phillips

In 1970, Phillips received his B.Sc. in Physics from Juniata College, Huntington, Pennsylvania with high distinction. In 1976, he obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts. This was followed by a post-doctoral research fellowship at MIT in the areas of magnetic resonance and tunable lasers.

In 1978, Phillips worked in the electricity division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the well-known NIST, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. He also taught at the University of Maryland College Park (1992-2001).

In addition to his Nobel Prize-winning work, he studied atomic-gas Bose-Einstein condensates, atomic physics analogs of condensed matter systems, atoms in coherent de Broglie-wave atom optics, collisions of ultracold atoms, the magnetic moment of the proton in water, matter that exists only under extreme cold conditions, optical lattices, optical tweezers, quantum information with single-atom qubits, and ultracold Rydberg atoms and plasmas.

Phillips is a fellow of many professional societies such as the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Society of Physics Students. He is also the recipient of, among other awards, the Albert A. Michelson Medal from the Franklin Institute and the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science from the American Physical Society.

For further details, contact Zewail City's manager of communications and development, Rawya El-Dabi, at: press at zewailcity dot edu dot eg.

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