2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
President, Collège de France
Serge Haroche is a physicist, born in 1944 in Casablanca. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), receiving his doctorate from Paris VI University in 1971. After a post-doctoral visit to Stanford University (1972-73), he became full professor at Paris VI University in 1975, a position he held until 2001, when he was appointed Professor at Collège de France (in the chair of quantum physics). He has also been Maître de Conference at Ecole Polytechnique (1974-1984), visiting professor at Harvard (1981), part time professor at Yale University (1984-1993), member of Institut Universitaire de France (1991-2000) and chairman of the ENS Department of Physics (1994-2000). From 2012 to 2015, he has been President of the Collège de France. Serge Haroche has made important contributions to the field of quantum optics and quantum information science. He has received many prizes and awards, culminating with the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with David Wineland) for “ground breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”.