Until now not even the most advanced of today’s modern technology has been able to outrun the speed of light, which is estimated as nearly 300,000,000 m/s. However, back in 2001 one woman was able to stop the speed of light completely.
Lene Hau was born in 1959 in Vejle, Denmark. In 1984 Hau received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, earned a Master’s Degree in Physics and got a doctorate in Quantum Theory. In 1999 she was signed to lead a two-year long postdoctoral research project. Hau and her team managed to slow down the speed of a single beam of light to 17 m/s with the use of a superfluid. In 2001, two years after this huge accomplishment, Hau became the first person to stop the speed of light completely with the use of a Bose–Einstein condensate.
Nowadays Hau teaches in Harvard as a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. She is praised worldwide and is often involved in a variety of international conferences.