Steven Chu ’70 has devoted much of scientific career to discovering solutions to energy and climate challenges.
At the Arts, Sciences & Engineering ceremony, Chu will receive the George Eastman Medal, which recognizes outstanding achievement and dedicated service. The medal was created in honor of Eastman, one of the University’s great benefactors and the founder of Eastman Kodak Co.
Chu served as United States secretary of energy from 2008 to 2013 under president Barack Obama. He is cowinner of the 1997 Nobel Prize, with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips, for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he was awarded the Science for Art Prize, Herbert Broida Prize for Spectroscopy, Richtmeyer Memorial Prize Lecturer, King Faisal International Prize for Science (cowinner), Arthur Schawlow Prize for Laser Science, and William Meggers Award for Laser Spectroscopy.
He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a professor of physics and professor of molecular and cell biology, and held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine, in benefit of human health.
Read more about Chu in the May-June issue of Rochester Review.