David Wineland marries Sedna Quimby. They have two sons. Wineland continous to work as a lecturer on the physics faculty at the University of Colorado.

Since 1975 David Wineland works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He establishes the ion storage group, which traps ions and surrounds them with electrical fields, to construct more advanced atomic clocks.

David Jeffrey Wineland is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 1971 David Wineland receives his doctorate under Norman Foster Ramsey Jr.,a Nobel laureate in physics in 1989, with the thesis „The Atomic Deuterium Maser“.

After moving to California, David Wineland visits the Encina High School in Sacramento and graduates there in 1961.

Having received his PhD, David Wineland works as a postdoctoral research fellow under Hans Dehmelt, a Nobel laureate in physics in 1989, at the University of Washington. There he works on electron and ion traps.

David Wineland is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2012, together with the French Physicist Serge Haroche "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems" .

David Wineland earns a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.