» Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D.

Yakir Aharonov, Co-Director Institute of Quantum StudiesYakir Aharonov is an internationally renowned physicist. Recently, Thomson-Reuters conducted a worldwide poll of scientists and Aharonov was voted #1 most likely to win a Nobel Physics Prize in coming years. Aharonov has discovered more than 30 fundamental physics effects, many concerning quantum phases. The topological nature of quantum phases (which are independent of the space-time paths of the encircling particles) makes them robust and useful tools for many fields of physics. For example, the impact of the Aharonov-Bohm effect has been huge, as indicated by the number of times the AB effect is mentioned in titles /abstracts, summing to more than 4000 (recently growing very rapidly). The principal government quantum information roadmap states: "At least two important precursors to this [quantum computing] paradigm shift had critical influence," citing Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen/Bohm-Aharonov/Bell effect and the Aharonov-Bohm effect.

Dr. Aharonov's sole, full-time affiliation is with Chapman University as a Professor of Theoretical Physics and the James J. Farley Professor of Natural Philosophy. He is also co-director of Chapman University's Institute for Quantum Physics. To learn more about Dr. Aharonov view his CV.

+ - Honors

-Elected Fellow American Physical Society, 1981
-Weizmann Prize in Physics, 1984
-Rotschild Prize in Physics, 1984
-Miller Research Professorship award at Berkeley 1988 - 1989
-The Israel National Prize in Physics 1989
-Elected to the National Academy of Science of Israel 1990
-Elliott-Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute 1991
-Honorary Doctorate Technion, Haifa 1992
-Honorary Doctorate University of South Carolina 1994
-Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 1994
-Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize 1995
-Wolf Prize, 1998
-EMET Prize, 2006
-Reuters Citation Laureate, 2009
-National Medal of Science, 2010

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