William Moerner
  • 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Harry Mosher Professor and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He is a well- known expert in the field of imaging of single molecules and fluorescence spectroscopy.
In 2014, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.

Education and Work Experience

1982, Ph.D. in Physics at Cornell University
1981-1995, Research Staff Member and Project leader at IBM Almaden Research Center
1995-1998, Distinguished Chair in Physical Chemistry at University of California, San Diego
1998-Present, Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University

Honors and Awards

2007, Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences
2008, Wolf Prize in Chemistry
2013, Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry 2014, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Major Academic Achievements

Optical microscopy imaging has long been subject to an envisaged limit: the highest resolution will never exceed half the wavelength of a light wave, which is called the Abbe diffraction limit. The observation of sub-wavelength structures with microscopes is difficult because of the Abbe diffraction limit. Professor Mona is the first person in the world to be able to detect a single fluorescent molecule. The detection of a single fluorescent molecule is extremely important for super-resolution microscopy. With the
help of fluorescent molecules, Professor Mona pioneered the limits of optical microscopy imaging to the nanoscale.