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Wilton L. Virgo ’00

Wilton Virgo

Wilton L. Virgo is a quantum physical chemist with more than 15 years of expertise in performing state-of-the-art research in laser spectroscopy and molecular theory at Princeton, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Arizona State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College and Harvard University.

He has shaped science education using cutting-edge technology. His first book, β€œQuantum Mechanics in Everyday Life,” simplifies complex ideas for audiences with little or no background in science and introduces the mathematical foundation of quantum physics as the basis for modern technology that we use every day, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and our high-speed telecommunications system.

Virgo created the TED-Ed animated video, β€œHow does your smartphone know your location?” to explain the quantum physics behind GPS technology. He participated as a host and narrator for β€œChemistry: Challenges and Solutions,” a visual course produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Annenberg Foundation.


Alumni Author Book Fair

Saturday, October 5

Drop-in fair highlighting published Black alumni and select faculty authors.

Aasha M. Abdill *15, Fathering from the Margins
Rahman Beckwith ’03, A Gift of Joy– 365 Love Poems for a Year of Spiritual Ecstasy
Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology
Heather M. Butts ’94,Β African American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital During the Civil War Era
Chris Chambers ’82, The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir
Mario Depeine, Sr. ’85, Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit, Building a Whole New World
Tod G. Hamilton, Immigration and the Remaking of Black America
Ladee Hubbard ’93, The Talented Ribkins
Daryl Inniss ’83, Silicon Photonics: Fueling the Next Information Revolution
Lolita Buckner Inniss ’83, The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson
Franne McNeal ’82, Significant! From Frustrated to FranneTastic: Inspirational Stories for the Entrepreneurial Woman
Alexis Okeowo ’06, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa
Andre Perry ’00, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now
Imani Perry, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
Sarah Valentine *07, When I Was White: A Memoir
Wilton L. Virgo ’00, Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life
Barbara Wallace ’80, Making Mandated Addiction Treatment Work
Brigitte White ’00, All-American, Making the Cut

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