Deborah S. Jin

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Deborah S. Jin
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Born (1968-11-15)November 15, 1968
Stanford, California
Died September 15, 2016(2016-09-15) (aged 47)
Boulder, Colorado
Fields Physics
Institutions National Institute of Standards and Technology;
University of Colorado at Boulder
Alma mater Princeton University;
University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship (2003)
Benjamin Franklin Medal (2008)
Isaac Newton Medal (2014)
Jin Group at Colorado
External video
“Deborah S. Jin, 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America”, L’Oréal Foundation

Deborah Shiu-lan Jin (November 15, 1968 – September 15, 2016) was an American physicist and fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Professor Adjunct, Department of Physics at the University of Colorado; and a fellow of the JILA, a NIST joint laboratory with the University of Colorado.[1][2]

She was considered a pioneer in polar molecular quantum chemistry.[3] From 1995 to 1997 she worked with Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman at JILA, where she was involved in some of the earliest studies of dilute gas Bose-Einstein condensates.[4] In 2003, Dr. Jin's team at JILA made the first fermionic condensate, a new form of matter.[5] She used magnetic traps and lasers to cool fermionic atomic gases to less than 100 billionths of a degree above zero, successfully demonstrating quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate.[6][7] Jin died of cancer on September 15, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.[8][9]


Born in Santa Clara County, California,[10] Jin graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and received her doctoral degree in physics from the University of Chicago in 1995 with Thomas Felix Rosenbaum as her doctoral thesis advisor.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Jin was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2005)[3] and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007).[11][12]

Jin won a number of prestigious awards, including:


  1. ^ a b "Deborah S. Jin". JILA, University of Colorado. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Deborah S. Jin". Annenberg Learner. Annenberg Foundation. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Ost, Laura. "JILA/NIST Fellow Deborah Jin to Receive 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics". NIST Tech Beat. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "2002 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award Recipient Deborah S. Jin". American Physical Society. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "A New Form of Matter: II, NASA-supported researchers have discovered a weird new phase of matter called fermionic condensates". Science News. Nasa Science. February 12, 2004. 
  6. ^ a b Galvin, Molly (January 16, 2014). "Academy Honors 15 for Major Contributions to Science". News from the National Academy of Sciences. National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Regal, C. A.; Greiner, M.; Jin, D. S. (28 January 2004). "Observation of Resonance Condensation of Fermionic Atom Pairs". Physical Review Letters. 92 (4). arXiv:cond-mat/0401554free to read. Bibcode:2004PhRvL..92d0403R. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.040403. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Weil, Martin. "Deborah Jin, government physicist who won MacArthur 'genius' grant, dies at 47". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Deborah Jin Dies at 47". JILA. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". FamilySearch. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Professor Deborah S. Jin". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "2007 Class of Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members by Class and Section" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "MacArthur Fellows / Meet the Class of 2003 Deborah Jin". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Holloway, Marguerite (2004). "Superhot among the Ultracool". Scientific American (September). Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Deborah Jin". The Franklin Institute. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  16. ^ Davidowitz, Suzie (October 22, 2012). "L'OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Names Professor Deborah Jin 2013 Laureate for North America". Market Wired. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Five exceptional women scientists receive L'OREAL-UNESCO Awards". News Africa. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Institute of Physics announces 2014 award winners". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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