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Dr. John Hall, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Physics, to visit campus April 16-17
If there is anyone whoreally knows what time it is, it's John Hall.
The Nobel Laureate in Physics will bring his message to the Purdue
University campus, focusing on the critical role that precise measurements
play in advancing science, technology and even on our ability to accurately
Hall, scientist emeritus of the National Institute of Standards and
Technology and a fellow with the Joint Institute for Laboratory
Astrophysics at the University of Colorado, will deliver the keynote
address for the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative at 3:30 p.m. April 16 in
Purdue's Loeb Playhouse.
The Honeywell-Nobel Initiative is a global education effort launched in
2006 that is designed to connect students across the globe with Nobel Prize
winners in Chemistry and Physics. The Initiative combines on-campus events,
the Honeywell Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, with web-based educational
content created with Nobel Laureates, and broadcast programming. Purdue is
one of 11 universities worldwide selected to participate in this
groundbreaking educational program.
Hall's talk will highlight his research in laser measurement, its
applications for clocks and other technical instruments as well as efforts
by the physics community to prove many of the theories on space and time
developed by Albert Einstein.
"Without precise measurements -- and our ability to record them
accurately -- no reliable form of science or engineering would be
possible," Hall said. "Advancements in technology, engineering, science,
commerce and even the spoken word have been made only by pushing the
threshold in how we measure the largest and the smallest units or particles
in our vast universe."
Hall shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005 for his role in
developing laser-based precision spectroscopy, which allows scientists to
measure frequencies with an accuracy up to 15 decimal places. The technique
helps researchers study the stability of the constants of nature over time,
such as the speed of light and gravitational force. It also makes it
possible for researchers to develop extremely accurate clocks and improved
global positioning satellite technology.
"Working with the Honeywell-Nobel Initiative on this project, Purdue
will bring a leading international scientist into our classrooms and foster
discussion about science and engineering," said Purdue President Martin C.
Jischke. "This nation's ability to advance the understanding of science and
technology at all levels is critical in ensuring our competitive position
in the global marketplace. Dr. Hall's lecture will shine the spotlight on
After the lecture, Jischke will join Hall onstage for an informal
conversation titled "What's Next for Science?" Their discussion will focus
on how the academic world can help this nation in assessing the
competitive, technological needs of a global economy.
"Honeywell is one of the world's leading technology companies," said
Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "As such we have
a vested interest in inspiring the next generation of physicists -- and who
else can do that better than a 2005 Nobel Laureate of Dr Hall's standing
and reputation? We are honored to partner with Purdue to bring this
acclaimed scientist face-to-face with this university's best and
Hall, who received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in
physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology, will participate in a number
of student and faculty events the morning of his talk and the day after.
"Receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics was a great honor for me and my
family, but the real joy from that recognition continues to this day when I
meet with students and speak before groups who share my excitement about
science," Hall said. "Purdue is a great research university, committed to
advancing science and engineering. The excitement of its interdisciplinary
research initiative at Discovery Park has created national and
He also will meet with Department of Physics head Andrew Hirsch and
hear presentations from Anant Ramdas, the Karl Lark-Horovitz Distinguished
Professor of Physics, and Leonid Rokhinson, assistant professor of physics
and electrical and computer engineering.
While on campus, Hall will tour the Envision Center for Data
Perceptualization. Located in Stewart Center, the center allows three-
dimensional visualization of data, helping teams of researchers across
disciplines collaborate on projects from automobile design to oil
On April 17, Hall will meet with Discovery Park researchers and tour
laboratories in the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Burton D. Morgan Center
for Entrepreneurship and the Bindley Bioscience Center.
Discovery Park is a $350 million complex, fostering interdisciplinary
research in fields such as health care, nanotechnology, alternative energy
sources, homeland security, life sciences, cyberinfrastructure, advanced
manufacturing, cancer treatment, systems engineering, the environment and
Honeywell International is a $33 billion diversified technology and
manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products
and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry;
automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Honeywell
Hometown Solutions embodies the company's unique approach to corporate
To date, Honeywell's award-winning science and math education programs
-- including FMA Live!, Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, Presidential
Classroom and the Nobel Initiative -- have reached more than 150,000
students and teachers in 27 countries and 43 U.S. states.
Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the
New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30
stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average and a component of the
Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
Writers: Phillip Fiorini, (765) 496-3133, (765) 427-3009 (cell),
Jill Stueck, (973) 570-8840,
Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708,
John Hall, (303) 492-7843,
Andrew Hirsch (765) 494-3000,
Michael Holland, Honeywell, (975) 455-2728,
Publication-quality photo links
Martin C. Jischke:
John Hall: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2007/hall-john.jpg
Related Web sites:
Discovery Lecture Series: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/dls/hall
Nobel Prize in Physics 2005:
Honeywell-Nobel Initiative: http://www.honeywellscience.com
Honeywell International: http://www.honeywell.com
Discovery Park: http://discoverypark.purdue.edu
Purdue Department of Physics: http://www.physics.purdue.edu/
Nobel Media AB: http://nobelprize.org/nobelmedia/index.html
Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in interviewing Dr. John
Hall about his visit to Purdue in conjunction with the Honeywell-Nobel
Initiative can contact Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service, at (765)
496-3133, or can contact Ross Moonie (917) 690-5713,
or Jill Stueck (973) 455-3450,
from Honeywell. Journalists also can arrange to meet with Purdue
researchers who will be meeting with Dr. Hall or cover his tour of the many
camps on campus and at Discovery Park.
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Purdue News Service
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