Wolfgang Ketterle

German physicist

Wolfgang Ketterle (born 21 October 1957) is a German physicist. He is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His works focused on experiments that trap and cool atoms to temperatures close to absolute zero.[1]

Wolfgang Ketterle
Wolfgang Ketterle at a symposium at Brown University, 2007
Born (1957-10-21) 21 October 1957 (age 64)
NationalityGermany, United States
Alma materHeidelberg
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
Known forBose–Einstein condensates
AwardsBenjamin Franklin Medal (2000)
Nobel Prize for Physics (2001)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Heidelberg
Doctoral advisorHerbert Walther
Hartmut Figger
Doctoral studentsKendall B. Davis
Marc-Oliver Mewes
Dan Stamper-Kurn
Martin Zwierlein

He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, together with Eric Allin Cornell and Carl Wieman.[2]


  1. "Wolfgang Ketterle". MIT Department of Physics. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. "Nobel Prize in Physics 2001". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media. Retrieved 27 October 2014.