William Moerner does his Ph.D. at Cornell University. His thesis is about vibrational relaxation dynamics of an IR-laser-excited molecular impurity mode in alkali halide lattices. He earns his degree in 1982.

William Moerner enters Washington University and studies electrical engineering, mathematics and physics. He works as a research assistant on computer simulations and ultrasonic propagation velecity and dispersion in composite resonator. Moerner graduates in 1975.

William Moerner starts working at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose in 1981. He becomes a manager in 1988 and works as a project leader from 1989 till 1995.

William Moerner is appointed professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of California, San Diego in 1995.

William Esco Moerner is born in Pleasanton as the son of Bertha Frances (née Robinson) and William Alfred Moerner in 1953.

William Moerner attends Cornell University. There he works on high resolution spectral hole burning and coherent transient spectroscopy. Moerner receives his master degree in 1978.

William Moerner and Lothar Kador are the first to observe light being absorbed by single molecules which leads to the development of single-molecule spectroscopy.

William Moerner becomes Harry S. Mosher Professor of chemistry at Stanford Univerity in 1998.

William Moerner attends Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. He is particularly interested in natural sciences and is member of the Math and Science Contest Team, the Boy Scouts and the Bi-Phy-Chem group.

William Moerner discovers the ability of green fluorescent proteins to act as sources of light within a material when they are exposed to light with a specific wavelength. The technique is later used by Eric Betzig to revolutionise optical microscopy.

William Moerner, Stefan W. Hell and Eric Betzig are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy in 2014.