Steven Chu is a professor of physics and molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University. He has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published in atomic physics, single-molecule polymer and biophysics, ultrasound imaging, nanoparticle synthesis, and electrochemistry. Former positions include Secretary of Energy, the Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Department Head at Bell Laboratories. Chu was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for laser cooling and trapping of atoms. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 8 foreign academies, and has 32 honorary degrees.
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