Eric Betzig

American physicist

Robert Eric Betzig (born January 13, 1960) is an American physicist. He works as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.[2][3][4] He is also a Senior Fellow at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.[5]

Eric Betzig
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Robert Eric Betzig[1]

(1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 61)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Cornell University
Known forPhotoactivated localization microscopy
Lattice light-sheet microscopy
Scientific career
FieldsApplied physics
InstitutionsHoward Hughes Medical Institute
University of California, Berkeley
ThesisNear-field Scanning Optical Microscopy (1988)
Doctoral advisorAaron Lewis, Michael Isaacson
InfluencesWilliam E. Moerner

Betzig has worked to develop the field of fluorescence microscopy and photoactivated localization microscopy.

He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy"[6] along with Stefan Hell and fellow Cornell alumnus William E. Moerner.[7]


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  3. "Eric Betzig | Research UC Berkeley". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  4. "Eric Betzig". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  5. "Eric Betzig, PhD". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved 2014-10-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014". Nobel Media AB. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-10-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Eric Betzig Wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry". HHMI News. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-10-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)