William D Phillips

William D Phillips

Physicists are very important to our society today, why Because, they provide the basic answers to the mechanics of life in many ways. In this paper you will learn about the life of William D. Phillips, and his major achievements. You will learn how they cooled and trapped a laser?s atoms, to make it possible to shoot one.
William D. Phillips was born November 5th, 1948, in the town of Wilkes-Barre in the state of Pennsylvania. William grew up surrounded by friends, family, and religion. As a young boy, Phillips would love to read and write and would frequently visit the local library, reading up about the things that interested him. At an early age, he assembled bottled substances, which he called his ?chemistry set?(1). His Parents gave him a microscope that he used for examining these substances. This led to a major interest in science. In 1956 Bill moved to Butler, a town near Pittsburgh where he decided that science was going to be his life?s work. Throughout grade school Bill was enrolled in advanced or accelerated courses for his age, during this time he would work in his basement, playing with fire, explosives and rockets. However,

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