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Claude Cohen-Tannoudji



April 01, 1933 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude

Additional Forms of Names

Cohen-Tannoudji, C. (Claude), 1933-

Tannoudji, Claude Cohen, 1933-

Коэн-Таннуджи, К, 1933-



Claude Cohen-Tannoudji is an atomic physicist at Collège de France. He was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light."

Important Dates

April 01, 1933Birth, Constantine (Algeria).

1964Obtained PhD in Physics, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris (France).

1964 – 1973Professor, Université de Paris (University of Paris), Paris (France).

1973 – 2004Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Collège de France, Paris (France).

1981Member, Académie de sciences (French Academy of Sciences).

1986Fellow, American Physical Society.

1992Awarded Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society.

1993Awarded Charles Hard Townes Award, Optical Society of America.

1994Awarded honorary doctorate, Uppsala universitet (Uppsala University).

1994Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences.

1996Awarded CNRS Gold Medal.

1997Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".

1999Member, Pontificia Accademia delle scienze (Pontifical Academy of Sciences).


Atomic physicist.



Constantine (Algeria)

Graduate Education

Paris (France)


Paris (France)


Atomic and molecular physics.





Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacqueline Veyrat


Advisors & Collaborators

Brossel, Jean

PhD advisor at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris).

Chu, Steven

Shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics along with William D. Phillips "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".

Haroche, S.

Advised by Cohen-Tannoudji at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris).

Kastler, Alfred

PhD advisor at École Normale Supérieure.

Phillips, William D. (William Daniel), 1948-

Shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Steven Chu "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".


Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967


Major Positions

Collège de France

Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics.

Université de Paris


Professional Activities & Affiliations

Académie des Sciences (France)


American Physical Society

Fellow and awarded 1992 Lilienfeld Prize.

École normale supérieure (France)

Obtained PhD in Physics (1962).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Foreign Associate.

Optical Society of America

Awarded 1993 Charles Hard Townes Award.

Pontificia Accademia delle scienze


Uppsala universitet

Awarded honorary doctorate.


Archival Resources


Nobel Voices Videohistory Project collection, 2000-2001.

Archives Center

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum

MRC 601, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA


American Institute of Physics Physics Today division Bertram Schwarzschild Nobel Prize files, 1954-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Atom-photon interactions: basic processes and applications/ Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacques Dupont-Roc, Gilbert Grynberg; [translation by Patricia Thickstun].

Optique et électronique quantiques: Quantum optics and electronics. Lectures delivered at Les Houches during the 1964 session of the Summer School of Theoretical Physics, University of Grenoble/ edited by C. DeWitt, A. Blandin, C. Cohen-Tannoudji.

Photons and atoms: introduction to quantum electrodynamics/ Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Jacques Dupont-Roc, Gilbert Grynberg.

Quantum mechanics/ Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, Franck Laloë; translated from the French by Susan Reid Hemley, Nicole Ostrowsky, Dan Ostrowsky.


Claude Cohen-Tannoudji Nobel Prize biography.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Claude Cohen-Tannoudji