Steven Chu (born February 28, 1948, St. Louis, Missouri) is an American experimental physicist known best for his research in laser cooling and the trapping of atoms that won him the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics. He has lectured on nuclear physics, quantum entanglement, electrical circuits and quantum-ray mechanics, and on cellular chemistry. For more than 30 years as a professor of chemistry, Chu led the laboratory into discovery and refinement. He is the author of numerous papers, essays, and books, including The Molecular & Cellular Dynamics in the Quantum Economy, Evolutionary Science and Physics and of the Quantum Theory of Chemical Law, Chemical Structure and Behavior, and the Elements of...
- President: Barack Obama
- Deputy: Daniel Poneman
- Preceded by: Samuel Bodman
- Succeeded by: Ernest Moniz
- Born: ( 1948-02-28) February 28, 1948 (age 72) St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
- Political party: Democratic
- Spouse(s): Lisa Chu-Thielbar (divorced) Jean Fetter (m. 1997)
- Children: 2
- Father: Ju-Chin Chu
- Relatives: Shu-tian Li (grandfather), Gilbert Chu (brother), Morgan Chu (brother)
- Education: University of Rochester (BA, BS) University of California, Berkeley (MS, PhD)
- Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1997)
- Website: University website
- Fields: Atomic physics, biological physics, polymer physics
- Institutions: Bell Labs, Stanford University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Thesis: Observation of the forbidden magnetic dipole transition 62P1/2-72P1/2 in atomic thallium (1976)
- Doctoral advisor: Eugene D. Commins
Steven Chu Pictures
- 2019 Breakthrough Prize - Red Carpet
- Nobel Prize Banquet 2017, Stockholm
- Stars at the Breakthrough Prizes Ceremony
- Obama Honors Winners Of The Nat'l Medal Of Science, Tech...