John L. Hall


Interview, July 2008

Interview with the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physics, John L. Hall, at the 58th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Also present is John Hall’s wife, Mrs Lindy Hall.

John Hall explains why precision measurement is the tool for investigating nature’s laws, and why the National Institute of Standards and Technology is such a hotbed of creativity (13:02). He is then joined by his wife Lindy and the two discuss their many partnerships, including working together to select candidates for Dr. Hall’s lab (24:53) and working to provide engaging educational tools for 3rd grade children in the United States (36:57).

Interview, December 2005

Interview with the 2005 Nobel Laureates in Physics, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch, 6 December 2005. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer.

The Laureates talk about how they started in science, the Nobel Prize (5:15), their discoveries and the frequency comb technique (11:57), differences in doing science in the USA and Europe (17:58), their theories about light (20:58), and problems still to be solved (27:45).

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Nobel Minds 2005

The Nobel Laureates of 2005 met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm in December 2005 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV show ‘Nobel Minds’. The programme presenter is Nik Gowing, principal programme anchor for the BBC’s international television news channel BBC World. Among other things the Laureates talk about competition versus co-operation and the need of mentoring in scientific research.

Interview, October 2005

Telephone interview with John L. Hall after the announcement of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics, 4 October 2005. The interviewer is Joanna Rose, science writer.

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