Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

2006 Career Achievement Medal - Bill Phillips

Phillips was cited for having "launched an entirely new subfield of atomic, molecular and optical physics," as well as being the first federal employee to win the Nobel Prize for Physics for work done as part of his official duties. Phillips shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics for his research using laser light to cool and trap atoms for precision spectroscopy and quantum physics experiments.

Created September 1, 2017