Steven Chu 1997 Born: 28 February 1948, St. Louis, MO, USA Affiliation at the time of the award: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA Prize motivation: "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light" Field: Atomic physics
Steven Chu (Chinese: born February 28, 1948 in St. Louis, Mo.) is an American physicist who served as the 12th United States Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013. Chu is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips.
Obama Wants $ 7-$ 9 Gas Prices. His Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, "openly suggested that higher gasoline prices would solve America’s energy problems forcing people to buy over-priced, inefficient alternative energy cars."