Prize Recipient

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David DeMille
University of Chicago


"For pioneering work in molecular physics, cooling, and spectroscopy that has profoundly advanced the search for the electric dipole moment of the electron, and for placing stringent constraints on modifications to the Standard Model in a tabletop experiment."


David DeMille received his A.B. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1985, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. Since 2020, he has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, with a Joint Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory; he previously he served on the faculty at Amherst College and Yale University. DeMille’s recent research focuses on production and trapping of ultracold diatomic molecules via either direct laser cooling or assembly form ultracold atoms, and on using such molecules as amplifying quantum sensors to detect fundamental physics effects such as time-reversal symmetry violating particle electric dipole moments and parity-violating nucleon-nucleon interactions. He has received fellowships from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Cottrell Scholars, Research Innovation, Cottrell College Science, and SEED Awards from the Research Corporation. He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2005 and received the APS Francis M. Pipkin Award in 2007.