• Distinguished Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Director, Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
  • Director, Center of Theoretical Physics
  • Affiliated Faculty, Aerospace Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Mechanical Engineering
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Physics, Yale University - 1966
  • M.S., Physics, Yale University - 1963
  • Materials Science Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 1962
  • B.S/A.S., Engineering Physics, University of Wyoming/Casper College - 1961

Research Interests

  • Marlan O. Scully (Texas A&M and Princeton) is a laser physics pioneer. His work includes the first quantum theory of the laser with Lamb, the first demonstrations of lasing without inversion, the first demonstration of ultraslow light in hot gases, and the use of quantum coherence to detect anthrax in real time. Furthermore Scully's work on quantum coherence and correlation effects has shed new light on the foundations of quantum mechanics, e.g., the quantum eraser.

Awards & Honors

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Academia Europaea
  • Max Planck Society
  • APS Schawlow prize
  • OSA Townes Award
  • IEEE Quantum Electronics Award
  • Franklin Institute's Elliott Cresson Medal
  • OSA Lomb Medal
  • Humboldt Senior Faculty Prize
  • Harvard Loeb Lecturer
  • Honorary doctorate from Universit├Ąt Ulm
  • OSA/DPG Hebert Walther Award