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UW’s first Nobel laureate dies at 94

Hans Dehmelt
UW physicist Hans Dehmelt holds one of his early ion traps. (UW Photo / Davis Freeman)

The University of Washington says the first Nobel laureate in its history, Hans Georg Dehmelt, has passed away in Seattle at the age of 94 after a long illness.

Dehmelt won a share of the Nobel physics prize in 1989 for his work with ion traps, a type of apparatus that uses an array of electromagnetic fields to isolate electrically charged atoms and subatomic particles, and hold them in place for highly accurate measurements.

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