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AAMU to Welcome Nobel Laureate Friday

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Huntsville, Ala. ---- As part of a popular annual public lecture series, Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle will deliver the 14th Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture in the Dawson Building auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus Friday, November 18, at 3 p.m. 


A 2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics, Ketterle is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was a co-recipient of the prestigious honor with Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman “for the ketterle[1].jpg

achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates.”   Ketterle is also the associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics and the director of MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms.


The Nobel Laureate will speak to his AAMU audience on the topic “When Freezing Cold is Not Cold Enough: New Forms of Matter Close to Absolute Zero Temperature.”


The noted yearly lecture was established in 1998 by Dr. Ravindra Lal, noted AAMU physicist and University Eminent Scholar, in memory of Dr. Putcha Venkateswarlu, who was known at AAMU as the “Father of Experimental Optics Research.”  Dr. Venkateswarlu died in 1997 from a sudden illness.  Since 1998, the lecture series has featured 13 Nobel Laureates Prize Winners in Physics.


The lecture is being sponsored by AAMU; the College of Agricultural, Life & Natural

Sciences; AAMU’s Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Department; the American Chemical Society; CDF Research Corporation; Mesa Associates, Inc.; NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center; the Optical Society of America and Raytheon Missile Systems.


The lecture will be followed by a public reception held at 5 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Multi-Purpose Room of the AAMU College of Business and Public Affairs.  


The public is invited!


by Jerome Saintjones