David Wineland was born in 1944 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and was raised in
Sacramento, California. He received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in
1965, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1970.
After a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington, he joined the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Boulder, Colorado. He is a NIST Fellow and leader of an experimental group that explores the applications of laser- cooled trapped atomic ions, including the development of high-performance atomic clocks, research on quantum information processing, and tests of fundamental physical laws.