is the former Director of the National Science Foundation-funded MIT–Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms
, former Associate Director of the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics
, and a principal investigator in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics group.
Professor Daniel Kleppner won the 2005 Wolf Prize for physics for his groundbreaking work in atomic physics. In 2006, Professor Kleppner received the National Medal of Science for his pioneering scientific studies of the interaction of atoms and light including Rydberg atoms, cavity quantum electrodynamics, quantum chaos; for developing techniques that opened the way to Bose Einstein Condensation in a gas; and for lucid explanations of physics to non-specialists and exemplary service to the scientific community.