Skip to Content

College of Arts & Sciences
Physics and Astronomy


Awards received by Yakir Aharonov

Yakir Aharonov, USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, has been awarded the 2010 National Medal of Science. 

Congratulations! Yakir Aharonov, USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, has been awarded the 2010 National Medal of Science for his work in quantum physics which ranges from the Aharonov-Bohm effect, to the notion of weak measurement, making him one of the most influential figures in modern physics.
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959, and is administered for the White House by NSF. Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. Nominees are selected by a committee of presidential appointees based on their advanced knowledge in, and contributions to, the biological, behavioral/social and physical sciences, as well as chemistry, engineering, computing and mathematics.
"The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity," President Obama said. "Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions."

 

Received the 1998 Wolf prize in physics for the Aharonov-Bohm effect

 

Received the 1991 Elliott Cresson Medal in physics from the Franklin Institute