Dr Nicholas P. Bigelow

Professor of Physics (and Professor of Optics)

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester

Bausch & Lomb Hall,P.O. Box 270171,500 Wilson Boulevard
United States
PH: 1 (585) 275-4344
Email: [email protected]


Prof. Bigelow received his B.S. in Engineering Physics (1981) and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1981) from Lehigh University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. (1989) in Physics from Cornell University. He then joined the Technical Staff of A. T. & T. Bell Laboratories, where he remained until 1991. Early in 1991, he moved to the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France where he worked in the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel. Prof. Bigelow joined the University in 1992, where he presently holds the position of Professor of Physics and of Optics. In 1992, he was also appointed as a Scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics
Prof. Bigelow has been the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, and a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. Prof. Bigelow is the Chair of the Fundamental Physics Discipline Working Group in the NASA Microgravity Physics Program, and he has been the organizer and co-organizer of various research meetings and conferences. Prof. Bigelow has served as an invited researcher in the laser cooling groups at the the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel in Paris, France, the Institude d'Optique in Orsay, France and at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Prof. Bigelow won the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester twice (in 1998 and 2006), and has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (1998-2004), as the Chair of the Board on Academic Honesty for the College (1998-2004), as co-Chair of the Re-accreditation Committee of the College (2002-2004), and has served as Chair of the University of Rochester Presidential Search Committee (2004). He received the University Dean's Award for Meritorious Service in Ph.D. Defenses in 2003, and elected fellow of the American Physical Society in 2004, and Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2007. In 2004 he was selected as a Topical Editor for Optics Letters which is published by the Optical Sociecty of Amercia. He has served as Department Chair since July, 2007.

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