Colo. physicist wins Nobel Prize

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012

Wineland noted that he'd been working on quantum physics since 1975 at the institute but didn't expect his name to come up when Nobel physics possibilities surfaced this year.

"First of all, a lot of people have been working on advanced computers and atomic clocks for a long time. It's a bit embarrassing to focus on just two individuals," he said. "When they also told me that the prize was shared with a good friend, that was nice to hear."

Each award is worth about $1.2 million.

President Barack Obama called Wineland to congratulate him Tuesday evening, the White House said.

Haroche is a professor at the College de France and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

A native of Wauwatosa, Wis., Wineland earned a bachelor's degree in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and master's and doctoral degrees in physics at Harvard University. Before joining the institute, Wineland was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington.

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