The Intersection of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology: An Interview with Professor W. E. Moerner


  • Joseph Nicolls Stanford University


Professor W.E Moerner earned two B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering and an A.B in Mathematics from Washington University in 1975, and earned an M.S and Ph.D in Physics from Cornell University in 1978 and 1982 respectively. He worked for more than a decade in the IBM Almaden Research Center and joined Stanford University as a Professor of Chemistry in 1998. He has received many awards throughout his career, including membership to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics in 2009, and most recently, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014. His work primarily focuses on single molecule spectroscopy, and he is widely credited for the first successful optical imaging of a single molecule.

Author Biography

Joseph Nicolls, Stanford University

Current freshman at Stanford University; undeclared major.