From sailing to science, it appears John Clauser from Walnut Creek has all the right stuff. Known locally as an avid sailor aboard his 1D48 Bodacious+, the perhaps lesser-known side of Clauser is his work as a physicist. To the science world, he is known as Dr. John F. Clauser, 2022 Nobel Prize winner. Clauser, 79, is one of three physicists awarded for their work in quantum information science — specifically, their experiments concerning quantum entanglement, a phenomenon that occurs when two separated particles behave as one.
Author of several science publications and winner of at least three prizes, Clauser, when not studying photons and other data, sails with both Berkeley Yacht Club and Richmond Yacht Club. His wife, Bobbi Tosse, is well known in Bay Area racing communities as a race PRO for BYC.
Below is an interview Clauser gave after learning of his Nobel Prize. By the way, despite the intense and high-profile nature of his work, the man is definitely a sailor at heart. It’s stated at the closing of his official CV — “John is also an avid sailboat racer.”
“Everyone said, ‘What a waste of time! Now start doing some real physics!’”
Take a listen to our conversation with 2022 #NobelPrize laureate in physics John Clauser where he discusses his journey in quantum mechanics and getting thrown out of Richard Feynman’s office. pic.twitter.com/RaSVc0oVRR
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 4, 2022
Congratulations, John! We’re honored to be sailing in company with you. (Although… does this mean you’ll now be using your physics skills to beat us all in every race?)