Arthur Ashkin

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Arthur Ashkin
Ashkin in December 2018
Born(1922-09-02)September 2, 1922
DiedSeptember 21, 2020(2020-09-21) (aged 98)
Alma materColumbia University
Cornell University
Known forOptical tweezers
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsBell Laboratories
Lucent Technologies

Arthur Ashkin (September 2, 1922 – September 21, 2020) was an American scientist of Jewish descent. He worked at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. He was the second oldest Nobel Laureate in history, behind John B. Goodenough. He was known for his invention of optical tweezers in 1986.[1][2][3] For his works, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

Ashkin died on September 21, 2020 at his home in Rumson, New Jersey at the age of 98.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Arthur Ashkin (biography)". LaserFest. American Physical Society, Optical Society, SPIE, and the IEEE Photonics Society. Archived from the original on 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2013-08-13. "LaserFest – the 50th anniversary of the first laser"
  2. McGloin, David; Reid, J.P. (February 1, 2010). "Forty Years of Optical Manipulation". Optics and Photonics News. The Optical Society. 21 (3): 20. doi:10.1364/opn.21.3.000020. ISSN 1047-6938.
  3. Bjorkholm, John E. (2010). "Talk for the Arthur Ashkin Honorary Symposium: The Man and His Science". Frontiers in Optics 2010/Laser Science XXVI. Washington, D.C.: OSA. doi:10.1364/fio.2010.stud1.
  4. In Memoriam: Arthur Ashkin, 1922-2020