Willis Eugene Lamb suffers a fate common to most Nobel Prize winners. Outside of his field, atomic physics, his name is seldom heard and almost never recognized.
Lamb was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1955 for groundbreaking work on the â€œfine structureâ€ of the hydrogen spectrum. He discovered what became immediately known as the â€œLamb Shift,â€ a minute variation in energy levels between states of an atom of hydrogen. His work proved crucial to the emerging science of quantum electrodynamics- a field Read the rest of this entry »