Harald Hess is an experimentalist who has contributed to several fields across physics and biology. After a PhD in Physics at Princeton in 1982, Harald Hess pursued hydrogen atom trapping and its Bose-Einstein condensation, BEC, at MIT as a postdoc. There he conceived of evaporative cooling as the means to achieve BEC which contributed to the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics. At Bell Labs, he developed various low-temperature scanning probe microscopes to visualize diverse physics phenomenon, such as vortices in superconductors, at Bell Labs. After 1997 he spent 8 years in industry developing advanced equipment for hard disk drive and semiconductor inspection and production.