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Charles W. Clark

Research interests:

  • Dynamics of ultracold atoms
  • Physical implementation of quantum information processing
  • Absolute optical radiometry with synchrotron radiation sources
  • Quantitative tomographic imaging
  • Atomic electronic excitation in nuclear reactions


Honors and Awards:

  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine, 2008
  • Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, U.S. Senior Executive Service, 2007    
  • Gold Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2004
  • Physical Sciences Award, Washington Academy of Sciences, 2003
  • Fellow, Washington Academy of Sciences, 2003
  • Archie Mahan Prize, Optical Society of America, 2002
  • Edward U. Condon Award, NIST, 2002
  • Safety Award, NIST, 2002
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics, 1999
  • Appointed to Senior Executive Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1997    
  • Silver Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1994    
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America, 1994    
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 1992    
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Award, NIST, 1991    
  • Excellence in Research Award, National Bureau of Standards, Chapter of Sigma Xi, 1987    
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, NBS, 1981    

Professional Activities:

  • Chair Elect, Physics Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009-present    
  • Chair, Advisory Board for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Antimatter-Matter Studies, 2006-present    
  • Chair, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, American Physical Society, 2005-2006
  • Chair, Fellows and Honorary Members Committee, Optical Society of America, 2006
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, "Towards Quantum Standards: A Workshop on Quantum Information Technology," The Royal Society, London, 2006    
  • Chair, NSERC Review Committee for the Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, 2006    
  • Member, Editorial Board, J.Phys. B: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 1996-2006    
  • Editor for Scientific Applications, NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions, 1998-present    

Visiting Positions:

  • Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, 2006    
  • Dr. Lee Fellow, Christ Church, University of Oxford, 1999    
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, 1985 & 1992    
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Electron and Optical Physics Division
Division Office

Employment History:

Chief, Electron and Optical Physics Division, 1990-present

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Fellow, Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland (UMCP), 2006-present

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, UMCP, 1990-present

Program Manager for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Office of Naval Research, 2003-present

Physicist, National Bureau of Standards (NBS)/NIST, 1981-1990

Junior Research Associate, Daresbury Laboratory (UK), 1979-1981

Research Associate, University of Chicago, 1979


Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago, 1979

B.A. (honors), Mathematics and Physics, magna cum laude
Western Washington University, 1974


Phone: (301) 975-3709
Email: charles.clark@nist.gov
Fax: (301) 208-6937