William Daniel Phillips

physics Nobel laureate

William Daniel Phillips (born November 5, 1948) is an American physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1997, with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.

William Daniel Phillips
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Phillips at the 2012 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Born (1948-11-05) November 5, 1948 (age 73)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materMIT
Juniata College
Known forLaser cooling
AwardsNobel Prize in physics (1997)
Scientific career
University of Maryland, College Park
Doctoral advisorDaniel Kleppner

In 1996, he received the Albert A. Michelson Medal from The Franklin Institute.[1]

Phillips is also a professor of physics, which is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park.


  1. "Franklin Laureate Database – Albert A. Michelson Medal Laureates". Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2011.