Claude Cohen-Tannoudji was born on April 01, 1933 in Constantine, Algeria.

In 1973, he became a professor at the College de France. In the early 1980s, he started to lecture on radiative forces on atoms in laser light fields. He also formed a laboratory there with Alain Aspect, Christophe Salomon and Jean Dalibard to study laser cooling and trapping.

His work there eventually lead to the physics Nobel Prize of 1997 for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light, shared with Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips.

Prof. Claude Cohen-Tannoudji delivered the B.M. Birla Memorial Lecture “MANIPULATING ATOMS WITH LIGHT” on December 06, 2006. He is seen above receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Science Award from H.E. Rameshwar Thakur, Governor of Andhra Pradesh in the presence of Mrs. Nirmala Birla, President of the Centre.