Director, Collège de France; 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Serge Haroche is the director of the Collège de France and also holds its chair in quantum physics. Previously, he was a professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie and chair of the École Normale Supérieure Department of Physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (with David J. Wineland) in 2012 for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems. He has stressed the importance of long-term basic research, including “the freedom to choose our path without having to justify it with the promise of possible applications.” He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.