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NIST's Cornell Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Eric A. Cornell, a physicist at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, it was announced today. Cornell, a NIST fellow and member of the Quantum Physics Division of NIST's Physics Laboratory, also is a fellow of JILA, a joint endeavor with the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a professor adjoint in the University's Department of Physics. Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist, and recognizes their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Cornell's research, studying the properties and behavior of Bose-Einstein condensates, has garnered world-wide recognition ever since he and another JILA fellow, Carl Weiman, a CU-Boulder professor, created the first Bose-Einstein condensate, a new form of matter, in 1995.

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In a similar honor bestowed earlier this year, the National Academy of Engineering elected two NIST scientists, Howard R. Baum, a fellow in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory, and Hratch G. Semerjian, director of the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards through four partnerships: the Measurement and Standards Laboratories, the Advanced Technology Program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Baldrige National Quality Program.

Released May 2, 2000, Updated November 27, 2017