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.

NIST and the Nobel

This microsite celebrates the scientists who received the Nobel Prize for work they did at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Click on the images of the NIST laureates to learn more about their lives, work, and legacies.

NIST Nobel Winners

illustration of Dave Wineland - Transparent Background
Credit: Alex Fine/NIST

Dave Wineland

2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
Experimental Quantum Mechanics

Read More

Illustration portrait of Dan Shechtman (transparent background)
Credit: Alex Fine/NIST

Dan Shechtman

2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Quasicrystals

Read More

Jan Hall - Transparent Background
Credit: Alex Fine/NIST

Jan Hall

2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
Frequency Combs

Read More

Eric Cornell portrait illustration - transparent background
Credit: Alex Fine/NIST

Eric Cornell

2001 Nobel Prize in Physics
Bose-Einstein Condensates

Read More

illustration of Bill Phillips
Credit: Alex Fine/NIST

Bill Phillips

1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
Laser Cooling

Read More

Other NIST Connections to the Nobel Prize 

Marie Curie Portrait Image
Marie Curie

Learn how NIST researchers have contributed to other Nobel prizes and laureates, from Marie Curie's radium samples to the improved detection of chemical weapons.

Learn More

Special Acknowledgement

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie
Credit: Denease Anderson / NIST

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie (1932-2016) led NIST to its four Nobel Prizes in physics as the former director of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory and Physics Laboratory, which included Bill Phillips, Dave Wineland, Eric Cornell and Jan Hall. In this video, released in early 2016, Gebbie describes her life and work.

View Video