Nobel Laureate Dr. William D. Phillips to Lecture at Montana Tech

Nobel Laureate Dr. William D. Phillips to Lecture at Montana Tech


Montana Tech invites the community to attend the public lecture by Dr. William D. Phillips—1997 Nobel Laureate in physics. This lively, multimedia presentation titled “Time, Einstein, and the COOLEST Stuff in the Universe” includes experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today's most exciting science. The lecture-demonstration will be presented on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Montana Tech’s Library Auditorium at 5:30 pm. 

“We are delighted to be hosting Dr. Phillips at Montana Tech,” noted Dr. Beverly Hartline, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at Montana Tech. “His presentation will be both fun and interesting for students and adults from grade school through retirement. It will have a lot of fascinating science and technology plus gee whiz demonstrations for everyone to enjoy.”

Dr. Phillips has been a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg since 1978.  His topic builds on his Nobel-prizewinning research on cooling and trapping atoms using lasers. This technology is key to the super-accurate clocks needed in industry, commerce, and science, which form the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS) used widely for navigation, surveying, and keeping from getting lost while hiking, hunting, or driving.

After spending Thursday at Montana Tech, on Friday morning, Dr. Phillips will travel to Dillon and deliver the same public lecture at the University of Montana Western on Friday afternoon April 24, 2015.

For more information about Dr. Phillips’ presentation at Montana Tech, please contact Annalee Werkmeister 406-496-4102.