2012 Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry

Nobel Muesum

The Alfred Nobel Museum in Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Photo from Flickr user Jodimu.

Last month, the 2012 Nobel Prize recipients were announced in Stockholm, Sweden. We would like to congratulate and highlight some of the most notable and highly cited works in Web of Science from the newest Nobel Laureates in Physics and Chemistry.


Serge Haroche: Collège de France, Paris, France; École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

“Manipulating quantum entanglement with atoms and photons in a cavity.” Rev. Mod. Phys. 73.3 (2001): 565-582.

“Observing the Progressive Decoherence of the “Meter” in a Quantum Measurement.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 77.24 (1996): 4887-4890.

“Generation of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Pairs of Atoms.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 79.1 (1997): 1-5.

“Manipulation of photons in a cavity by dispersive atom-field coupling: Quantum-nondemolition measurements and generation of “Schrodinger cat” states.” Phys. Rev. A. 45.7 (1992): 5193-5214.

“Quantum Rabi Oscillation: A Direct Test of Field Quantization in a Cavity.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 76.11 (1996): 1800-1803.

David J. Wineland: National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO, USA; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

“Demonstration of a Fundamental Quantum Logic Gate.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 75.25 (1995): 4714-4717.

“Experimental entanglement of four particles.” Nature. 404 (2000): 256-259.

“A “Schrodinger Cat” Superposition State of an Atom.” Science. 272.5265 (1996): 1131-1136.

“Generation of Nonclassical Motional States of a Trapped Atom.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 76.11 (1996): 1796-1799.

“Experimental Issues in Coherent Quantum-State Manipulation of Trapped Atomic Ions.” J. Res. Natl. Inst. Stand. Technol. 103.259 (1998): 259-328.


Robert J. Lefkowitz: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

“A ternary complex model explains the agonist-specific binding properties of the adenylate cyclase-coupled beta-adrenergic receptor.” J. Biol. Chem. 255 (1980): 7108-7117.

“Model Systems for the Study of Seven-Transmembrane-Segment Receptors.” Annu. Rev. Biochem. 60 (1991): 653-688.

“Turning off the signal: desensitization of beta-adrenergic receptor function.” FASEB J. 4 (1990): 2881-2889.

“Cloning of the gene and cDNA for mammalian β-adrenergic receptor and homology with rhodopsin.” Nature. 321 (1986): 75-79.

“A mutation-induced activated state of the beta 2-adrenergic receptor. Extending the ternary complex model.” J. Biol. Chem. 268 (1993): 4625-4636.

Brian K. Kobilka: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

“High-Resolution Crystal Structure of an Engineered Human β2-Adrenergic G Protein-Coupled Receptor.” Science. 318.5854 (2007): 1258-1265.

“Cloning of the gene and cDNA for mammalian β-adrenergic receptor and homology with rhodopsin.” Nature. 321 (1986): 75-79.

“Crystal structure of the human β2 adrenergic G-protein-coupled receptor.” Nature. 450 (2007): 383-387.

“Cloning, Sequencing, and Expression of the Gene Coding for the Human Platelet α2-Adrenergic Receptor.” Science. 238.4827 (1987): 650-656.

“Chimeric α22-Adrenergic Receptors: Delineation of Domains Involved in Effector Coupling and Ligand Binding Specificity.” Science. 240.4857 (1988): 1310-1316.

To find additional works by these authors, search the Inspec database for Haroche and Wineland and SciFinder Scholar for Lefkowitz and Kobilka.

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