09 October 2012, No. 29/2012

Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Humboldtian

Humboldt Research Award winner Serge Haroche is well-connected to German researchers.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation warmly congratulates Serge Haroche on receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics together with the American David Wineland. The two researchers were awarded the accolade for their work on quantum physics. This increases the number of Nobel laureates in the global Humboldt network of researchers to 49.


Born in 1944, Serge Haroche is a professor at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris) and was granted the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1992. Eight extended research stays and collaborations with German colleagues as an award winner between 1992 and 2008 took him to the universities of Konstanz and Mainz as well as to the MPI of Quantum Optics in Garching. Amongst others, he collaborated with physicists Ernst Otten and Jürgen Mlynek as well as with Theodor Hänsch, himself a recipient of the Nobel Prize in 2005.

Haroche’s co-laureate David Wineland also belongs to the Humboldt Network. From 2004 to 2006, he hosted and collaborated with quantum optics researcher Rainer Reichler from Ulm, a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation.

“Serge Haroche is a researcher who is exceptionally well-connected with German colleagues and has been a great asset to our network for more than 20 years. His long-standing, intensive cooperation with his Humboldt hosts in Konstanz, Mainz and Garching also underlines the excellent standing of quantum physics in Germany. We extend our warmest congratulations to Serge Haroche for winning the Nobel Prize, which he has deservedly received for his innovative and ground-breaking research,” commented the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 25,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 130 countries worldwide – including 49 Nobel Prize winners.

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