The Nobel Prize for Physics 2012……

5 Jan

Outstanding Contribution to Science……Nobel_medal

 

The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded jointly to two scientists, Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”.

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Serge Haroche was born in Casa Blanca, Morocco and has French Nationality.  His Nobel Lecture was entitled ‘Controlling Photons in a Box and Exploring the Quantum to Classical Boundary’.  Serge Haroche delivered his Nobel Lecture on 8 December 2012, at Aula Magna, StockholmUniversity. He was introduced by Professor Björn Jonson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics……

 

David J. Wineland was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.  His Nobel Lecture was entitled ‘Superpostition, David_J_WinelandEntanglement and Raising Schroedinger’s Cat’.  David J. Wineland delivered his Nobel Lecture on 8 December 2012, at Aula Magna, StockholmUniversity. He was introduced by Professor Björn Jonson, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics……

 

The Benefits of their Work……

 

Both Nobel Prize winners are helping to deepen our understanding of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, its practical benefits to humankind.

 

An Interesting Footnote from History……

 

On 13 April 1888, Alfred Nobel was reading the obituaries in the newspaper, as he always did.  Only on this occasion he found himself reading his own.  Although, it was is bother Luwig who had died.  The obituary condemned Nobel for inventing dynamite, an explosive which caused the deaths of so many. It is said that this experience led Nobel to choose to leave a better legacy to the world after his death.

 

Alfred NobelNobel felt so bad that his invention was used for such destructive purposes and methods (and made people have such a negative impression of him), that he willed that after his death, he would leave a much better legacy than during his life. So, he set up an award system, now called the Nobel Prize, so that when people do things that are extraordinarily beneficial to humans or who perform great actions to save the human race and the world, that the most outstanding person would be awarded the prize. The prize is awarded every December 10th, in Stockholm, commemorating when Nobel died (to the date) and where he was born. Nobel died December 10, 1896 at the age of 63.

 

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