2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

I know vitually nothing about organic chemistry, but their work sounds incredibly significant.

I won’t speculate on the politics of Glauber’s physics prize (i.e. why he got recognized instead of other contributors to the quantum theory of light, or why they didn’t award the Prize to three theorists instead of a theorist and two experimentalists) but the work of all three is outstanding, to be sure. I saw a talk by Haensch about a year ago and it was mind-blowing stuff — the most precise measurements ever made. He also talked about his *other* very famous field of expertise — building BEC’s (Bose-Einstein Condensates, for which the Nobel Prize was awarded in 2001) on tiny two-dimensional chips!