Carl Wieman

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Carl Edwin Wieman
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Born (1951-03-26) March 26, 1951 (age 72)
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Nationality United States
Fields Physics
Institutions University of British Columbia
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Michigan
Alma mater MIT
Stanford University
Doctoral advisor Theodor W. Hänsch
Known for Bose–Einstein condensate
Notable awards E. O. Lawrence Award (1993)
King Faisal International Prize in Science (1997)
Lorentz Medal (1998)
The Benjamin Franklin Medal (2000)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2001)
Oersted Medal (2007)

Carl Edwin Wieman (born March 26, 1951) is an American physicist and educationist at Stanford University[1] and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics at the University of Colorado for the production, in 1995 with Eric Allin Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle, of the first true Bose–Einstein condensate.


Wieman was born in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States and graduated from Corvallis High School. Wieman earned his B.S. in 1973 from MIT and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977; he was also awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa from the University of Chicago in 1997. He was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1998. In 2001, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Eric Allin Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle, for fundamental studies of the Bose-Einstein condensate.[2] In 2004, he was named United States Professor of the Year among all doctoral and research universities.

Wieman joined the University of British Columbia on 1 January 2007 and headed a well-endowed science education initiative there; he retained a twenty percent appointment at the University of Colorado Boulder to head the science education project he founded in Colorado.[3] On 1 September 2013, Wieman joined Stanford University with a joint appointment in the physics department and the Graduate School of Education.,[4][5]

In the past several years, Wieman has been particularly involved with efforts at improving science education and has conducted educational research on science instruction. Wieman currently serves as Chair of the Board on Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences. He has used and promotes Eric Mazur's "peer instruction", a pedagogical system, where teachers repeatedly ask multiple-choice concept questions during class, and students reply on the spot with little wireless "clicker" devices. If a large proportion of the class chooses a wrong answer, students discuss among themselves and reply again.[6] In 2007, Wieman was awarded the Oersted Medal, which recognizes notable contributions to the teaching of physics, by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Wieman is the founder and chairman of PhET, a web-based directive of University of Colorado Boulder which provides an extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned.[7] Link

Wieman is a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.[8] Wieman was nominated to be The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director of Science on March 24, 2010. His hearing in front of the Commerce committee occurred on May 20, 2010 and he was passed by unanimous consent. On September 16, 2010 Dr. Wieman was confirmed by unanimous consent. He left that post in June 2012 to battle multiple myeloma.[9]

Selected publications

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See also


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