Great job, Milwaukee! Milwaukee native wins Nobel Prize in Physics
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The “Great job, Milwaukee!” title is typically deployed whenever our city shows up on yet another dumb online list that people seem to think is somehow interesting or meaningful. (USA Today declared us one of the top 10 beer cities in the world!) But every once in a while, that sentiment is heartfelt. Take today, for instance, when it was announced that Milwaukee native Dr. David Wineland has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics. According to WTMJ, Wineland and Frenchman Serge Haroche “opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics by showing how to observe individual quantum particles without destroying them.”
Working separately, the two scientists, both 68, developed "ingenious laboratory methods" that allowed them to manage and measure and control fragile quantum states, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
“Their ground-breaking methods have enabled this field of research to take the very first steps towards building a new type of superfast computer based on quantum physics,” the academy said. “The research has also led to the construction of extremely precise clocks that could become the future basis for a new standard of time.”
So great job, former Milwaukeean Dr. Wineland! Seriously! Here’s hoping news of your mind-boggling achievement can compete with Milwaukee’s inevitable spot on Cat Fancy’s upcoming “Koolest city for kitties!” list.