Steven Chu was born on February 28, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri. After leaving a job with Bell Labs in 1987, he became a physics professor at Stanford University. He would later teach at University of California, Berkeley. In 1997, he won the Nobel for his work on cooling atoms with lasers. In 2009, he became the U.S. Secretary of Energy. In 2011 he spoke to students at the National Science Bowl.
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