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Eric Allin Cornell (born December 19, 1961) is an American physicist who, along with Carl E. Wieman, was able to synthesize the first Bose-Einstein condensate in 1995. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman, and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.


Cornell was born in Palo Altomarker, Californiamarker and is a distinguished alumnus of both Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (1976-1979) and San Franciscomarker's Lowell High Schoolmarker (1979-1980). He received his B.S. in physics with honors and distinction from Stanford Universitymarker in 1985 and Ph.D. in physics at MITmarker in 1990. He is currently a professor at the University of Coloradomarker and a physicist at the United States Department of Commercemarker National Institute of Standards and Technology. His lab is located at JILA. He was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1998 and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In October 2004, his left arm and shoulder were amputated in an attempt to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes referred to as "flesh-eating disease." He was discharged from the hospital in mid-December, having recovered from the infection, and returned to work part-time in April 2005.

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  1. Article from the National Institute of Science and Technology
  2. News Article from KMGH

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