2015年7月14日 星期二

Eric Allin Cornell, Not So Easy: James McElvar tried to board an easyJet

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Eric Allin Cornell (born December 19, 1961) is an American physicist who, along withCarl 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 AltoCalifornia, where his parents were completing graduate degrees at nearby Stanford University. Two years later he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT. Here he grew up with his younger brother and sister, with yearlong intermezzos in Berkeley, California, and LisbonPortugal, where his father spent sabbatical years.[1]
In Cambridge he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. The year before his graduation he moved back to California with his mother and finished high school at San Francisco's Lowell High School, a local magnet school for academically talented students.[1]
After high school he enrolled at Stanford University, where he was to meet his future wife, Celeste Landry. As an undergraduate he earned money as an assistant in the various low-temperature physics groups on campus. He was doing well both in his courses and his jobs in the labs and seemed set for a career in physics. He however doubted whether he wished to pursue such a career, or rather a different one in literature or politics. Halfway through his undergraduate years he went to China and Taiwan for nine months to volunteer teaching conversational English and to study Chinese. He learned that this was not where his talents lay, and returned to Stanford with renewed resolve to pursue his true talent - physics. He graduated with honors and distinction in 1985.[1]
For graduate school he returned to MIT. There he joined David Pritchard's group, which had a running experiment that tried to measure the mass of the electron neutrino from the beta decay of tritium. Although he was unable to determine the mass of the neutrino, Cornell did obtain his PhD in 1990.[1]
After obtaining his doctorate he joined Carl Wieman at the University of Colorado Boulder as a postdoctoral researcher on a smalllaser cooling experiment. During his two years as a postdoc he came up with a plan to combine laser cooling and evaporative coolingin a magnetic trap to create a Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC). Based on his proposal he was offered a permanent position atJILA/NIST in Boulder.[1] For synthesizing the first Bose–Einstein condensate in 1995, Cornell, Wieman, and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.
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 theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cornell married Celeste Landry in 1995 mere months before the BEC experiment succeeded. Their first daughter, Eliza, was born in 1996, and their second daughter, Sophia, in 1998.[1]
In October 2004, his left arm and shoulder were amputated in an attempt to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis. He was discharged from the hospital in mid-December, having recovered from the infection, and returned to work part-time in April 2005.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. Jump up to:a b c d e f 't Hooft, G. (2001). "Eric A. Cornell - Autobiography". Nobel web. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  2. Jump up^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter C" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  3. Jump up^ News Article from KMGH


External links[edit]

Cornell Group webpage at the University of Colorado
Bose–Einstein Condensate website at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Eric Allin Cornell Patents

作者:陳秋雲 2015-07-07 聯合新聞網

諾貝爾物理獎得主Eric A.Cornell到台灣懷舊之旅,昨與昔日學生相聚,師生開心合照。當年的女學生說,Eric老師當時跟學生只差5、6歲,教學方式活潑,假日還一起出遊,他幽默風趣又長得帥,是不少年輕女學生的偶像。

33年前在台灣YMCA教英文的諾貝爾物理獎得主Eric A.Cornell,昨抵台與當年教授的學生相見歡。他說,最難忘的是木瓜牛奶的滋味,至今仍回味無窮,最想念在台教學的第一批學生,師生相見真是「太美妙了」。

Eric A.Cornell是美國知名物理學家,2001年諾貝爾物理獎得主,目前是科羅拉多大學博爾德分校的物理學教授,在美國國家標準技術研究所和美國商務部任職。