James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Physics

Wolfgang Ketterle
Lecture title: "When Freezing Cold Is Not Cold Enough"
March 15, 2005

Wolfgang Ketterle, John D. MacArthur professor of physics, was MIT's James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2004–2005. His research is in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy, particularly in the area of laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms with the goal of exploring new aspects of ultracold atomic matter. Professor Ketterle shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics with two MIT alumni for their discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in 1995, and he was later the first scientist to realize an atom laser in 1997. Read more at MIT News.


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Jerome I. Friedman
Lecture title: "Are We Really Made of Quarks?"
March 20, 2001

Jerome Friedman, Institute Professor emeritus and one of a team of physicists who proved that quarks are real, said in his 2001 Killian Lecture that the battle of the quark is over, the next step was to learn more about the particle's structure. Professor Friedman shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for "pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics". Read more at MIT News.


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Daniel Kleppner
Lecture title: "Views From a Garden of Worldly Delights"
March 13, 1996

Daniel Kleppner, Lester Wolfe professor of physics and associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, presented his Killian Award lecture in the spring of 1996. He spoke of advances in science from a personal point of view, tracing themes that wend through the creation of modern science and flow into today's world of atomic physics. The award selection committee said of Professor Kleppner, "...his discoveries, inventions, and contributions in atomic physics place him at the forefront of a science which is one of the foundations of modern technology." He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2006. Read more at MIT News.


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Philip Morrison
Lecture title: "The Fruits of the Tree of Astronomy"
April 3, 1985

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Victor F. Weisskopf
Lecture titles: "The Search for the Ultimate Structure of Matter" and "The Frontiers and Limits of Science"
April 3 and 10, 1974

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