LIA to present Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, with 2010 Arthur L. Schawlow Award

Orlando, Fla. – The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will present U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with the 2010 Arthur L. Schawlow Award at the 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO) in Anaheim, Calif., which runs from Sept. 26-30.

Chu, co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light, will receive the honor during a luncheon Sept. 29 and speak during the event. Laser pioneer Schawlow nominated Chu for the Nobel while the two were colleagues at Stanford University. Chu will receive a silver medal, a special citation, and a cash prize, and become a fellow and lifetime member of LIA.

Chu, 62, was appointed as energy secretary Dec. 15, 2008, while director of the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Steven has blazed new trails as a scientist, teacher, and administrator, and has recently led the Berkeley National Laboratory in pursuit of new alternative and renewable energies,” said President Barack Obama.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1948, he and his family settled in Garden City, N.Y., in 1950. Chu went on to receive his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1976 and joined Bell Labs in 1978. It was at Bell, in Holmdel, N.J., that he and his coworkers perfected his Nobel-winning technique for cooling atoms with six lasers, creating “optical molasses” where the beams intersected. He went on to Stanford University in 1987, serving as a professor and chair of the physics department before returning to Berkeley to run the national lab in 2004.

LIA first presented the award in 1982 to Schawlow, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1981. The honor recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to applications of lasers in science, industry or education.

Laser Institute of America is the professional society for laser applications and safety serving the industrial, educational, medical, research and government communities throughout the world since 1968.

Get All the Industrial Laser Solutions News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to Industrial Laser Solutions Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now
ILS Blogs
David Belforte
David Beleforte

Let's grow LME

Mon Apr 22 08:51:00 CDT 2013

Looked at manufacturing lately?

Wed Mar 20 09:57:00 CDT 2013

Industrial laser market meets forecast

Fri Mar 08 10:59:00 CST 2013

Photonics West features ultra-fast and fiber lasers

Mon Feb 18 13:31:00 CST 2013

Follow us at Join us on

Twitter - Industrial Laser Solutions


Replacement lenses from II-VI Infrared eliminate need for beam centering

II-VI Infrared, the world leader in CO2 laser optics, is now providing replacement Trumpf Cut Len...

II-VI Incorporated to Webcast FY 2012 Third Quarter Earnings

PITTSBURGH, April 17, 2012 /GLOBE NEWSWIRE/ - II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI) today announced t...

II-VI Inc Announces Acquisition of Aegis Lightwave Inc

II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI) announced today that it has acquired all of the outstanding sha...

See Article Archive

View Industrial Laser Solutions past articles.

Copyright © 2007-2016. PennWell Corporation, Tulsa, OK. All Rights Reserved.PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS