Eric Allin Cornell

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Eric Allin Cornell
Cornell (right) with Carl Wieman on the campus of the University of Colorado
Born (1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 57)
ResidenceBoulder, Colorado, USA
NationalityUnited States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Stanford University
Known forBose-Einstein condensation
AwardsLorentz Medal (1998)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2001), Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2000)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Eric Allin Cornell (born December 19, 1961) is an American physicist who, along with Carl E. Wieman, was able to synthesize the first Bose-Einstein condensate in 1995. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman, and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.


Cornell was born in Palo Alto, California and is a distinguished alumnus of both Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (1976–1979) and San Francisco's Lowell High School (1979–1980). He received his B.S. in physics with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 1985 and Ph.D. in physics at MIT in 1990. He is currently a professor at the University of Colorado and a physicist at the United States Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology. His lab is located at JILA. He was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1998 and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In October 2004, his left arm and shoulder were amputated in an attempt to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes referred to as "flesh-eating disease." He was discharged from the hospital in mid-December, having recovered from the infection, and returned to work part-time in April 2005.[1]

See also


  • Frängsmyr, Tore (2002). Les Prix Nobel: The Nobel Prizes 2001. Stockholm: Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2007-09-19.

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