Eric Betzig

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Date of Birth January 13, 1960
Place of Birth Michigan
Age 60 years old
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Eric Betzig

Robert Eric Betzig is an American physicist who works as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Betzig has worked to develop the field of fluorescence microscopy and photoactivated localization microscopy. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy" along with Stefan Hell and fellow Cornell alumnus William E. Moerner.

Born: Robert Eric Betzig, January 13, 1960, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Fields: Applied physics
Institutions: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater: California Institute of Technology, Cornell University
Thesis: Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy (1988)
Known for: Nanoscopy, fluorescence microscopy
Influences: William E. Moerner
Notable awards: Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2015), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2014)
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About Eric Betzig

Physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for developing techniques used in super high-resolution fluorescence microscopy. He began serving at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus in 2006.

Before Fame

He was born in Ann Arbor and earned his PhD in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1988.


In 2010, he was offered the Max Delbruck Prize for biological physics but declined to accept the award.

Family Life

His father and stepmother owned the Ann Arbor Machine Company.


He and Minnesota-born molecular biologist Peter Agre are both recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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