John E. Thomas is the John S. Risley Distinguished Professor of
Physics and principal investigator at North Carolina State University, where he
is exploring the physics of optically trapped, strongly interacting Fermi gases. Previously,
Professor Thomas was at Duke University, where he received a National Institute
of Standards Technology Precision Measurements Grant (1990-1993) and was named
the Fritz London Distinguished Professor in 2004.
In 2010, Professor Thomas gave the Dasari Lecture at MIT. In 2011, John
received the Jessie Beams Award for Research from the Southeastern Section of
the American Physical Society (APS), and moved his research group (JETlab) to North
Carolina State University. In 2013, he received an Outstanding Referee Award, and in 2018, the Davission-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, both from the APS. He was a divisional editor for Physical
Review Letters (2005-2010) and was on the board of reviewing editors for Science Magazine (2011-2017). John is an
APS fellow, a member of the Optical Society of America, and a fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1973, Professor
Thomas received his BS in physics, and as a Hertz Fellow in 1979 his PhD in physics,
both from MIT.