Henry Kapteyn

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Henry Cornelius Kapteyn (* 1963 ) is an American physicist ( laser physics , atomic and molecular physics).


Kapteyn studied physics at Harvey Mudd College (Bachelor 1982) and at Princeton University (Masters degree 1984). In 1989 he received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley , with Roger Falcone ( Photoionization pumped short wavelength lasers ). There he met his wife (1988) Margaret Murnane , with whom he worked closely from then on. In 1990 both went to Washington State University (where he became an associate professor) and in 1996 to the University of Michigan , where Kapteyn was an associate professor. From 1999 they were at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado in Boulder , where Kapteyn is a professor.

Together with his wife Margarete Murnane, he is known for his success in generating ultra-short laser pulses down to the attosecond range and for converting laser pulses into coherent X-rays.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science , the National Academy of Sciences , the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018), the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America , whose Adolph Lomb Medal he received in 1993. In 2009 he received the Ahmed Zewail Award. With his wife Margarete Murnane he received the Arthur L. Schawlow Prize for Laser Physics in 2010 and the Willis E. Lamb Prize in 2012 . In 1992 he received the Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and he was a Sloan Research Fellow from 1995 to 1997 . In 2010 he received the RW Wood Prize and for 2020 he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute .

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