Franklin Laureate Database
Eric Cornell, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Colorado
Award: Benjamin Franklin
Citation: For their epoch-making experimental confirmation of the 1925 prediction by Satyendra Bose and Albert Einstein, who claimed on theoretical grounds that a dilute gas can condense into a large quantum-mechanical system and display properties that are usually found only on an atomic or molecular scale.
Eric Cornell was born in 1961, and received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cornell shares this award with Carl Wieman, also of the University of Colorado, and Wolfgang Ketterle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cornell provides a detailed autobiography here, written on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.