Eric Betzig (Applied and Engineering Physics, Ph.D., 1988; M.S., 1985) along with William E. Moerner, (Experimental Physics, Ph.D., 1982; M.S., 1978) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for their groundbreaking achievements in optical microscopy where the pathways of individual molecules can be imaged inside living cells. Betzig and Moerner are pictured with the third joint recipient Stefan Hell.