Faculty Type: 
Active Faculty
Title: 
Professor of Physics
Additional Titles: 
Professor of the Graduate School of Education
Address: 

382 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4060

Phone Number: 
650-497-3491
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Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education.  He has done extensive experimental research in atomic and optical physics.  His current intellectual focus is now on undergraduate physics and science education.  He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences, and recently served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

CAREER HISTORY 

  • B.S., MIT, 1973
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1977
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Univ. of Michigan, 1977-79
  • Assistant Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Michigan, 1979-84
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Univ. of Colorado, 1984-87
  • Fellow, JILA, 1985-2007
  • Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Colorado, 1987-97
  • Chair, JILA, 1993-95
  • Distinguished Professor, Univ. of Colorado, 1997-2013
  • Presidential Teaching Scholar, 2004-2013
  • Director, Science Education Initiative, Univ. of Colorado, 2006-2013
  • Professor of Physics, Univ. of British Columbia, 2007-2013
  • Director, Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, Univ. of British Columbia, 2007-13
  • Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 9/2010-6/2012
  • Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Sept. 2013-present

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • E. O. Lawrence Award in Physics (DOE), 1993
  • Davisson-Germer Prize (APS), 1994
  • Einstein Medal for Laser Science, 1995
  • National Academy of Sciences, elected 1995
  • Fritz London Prize in Low Temperature Physics, 1996
  • Newcomb Cleveland Prize (AAAS), 1996
  • King Faisal International Prize for Science, 1997
  • Lorentz Medal (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences), 1998
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences, elected 1998
  • Schawlow Prize for Laser Science (APS), 1999
  • Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (Franklin Institute), 2000
  • Nobel Prize in Physics, 2001
  • NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars 2001
  • US Professor of the Year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2004
  • Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers, 2007
  • National Academy of Education, elected 2008
  • Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology (Reed College), 2009
  • Science Education Research Award, Council of Scientific Societies, 2011
  • Presidential Citation for Lifetime Achievement, National Science Teachers Association, 2012