Amnon Yariv
Professor Amnon Yariv at Caltech in 2010
Born (1930-04-13) April 13, 1930 (age 93)
Known forOptoelectronics
AwardsHarold Pender Award (1985)
National Medal of Science (2009)
IEEE Photonics Award (2011)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied physics, electrical engineering
Notable studentsKerry Vahala, Joyce Poon, Avraham Gover

Amnon Yariv (born April 13, 1930) is an Israeli-American professor of applied physics and electrical engineering at Caltech, known for innovations in optoelectronics. Yariv obtained his B.S., M.S. and PhD. in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1954, 1956 and 1958, respectively.[1]

In 2010, Yariv was selected as a winner of the National Medal of Science for "scientific and engineering contributions to photonics and quantum electronics that have profoundly impacted lightwave communications and the field of optics as a whole".[2] He has also been selected to receive the IEEE Photonics Award for 2011.[3]

Yariv has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1991. In 1985 he was awarded the Harold Pender Award by the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992 he was awarded the Harvey Prize by the Technion in Haifa, Israel, for "pioneering contributions to opto-electronics, wave propagation in crystals and nonlinear and phase-conjugate optics, and his demonstration of semiconductor-based integrated optics technology leading to the development of high-speed and stable solid-state lasers".

Yariv has authored several texts on optical electronics and photonics.[4][5] He has said that the highlight of his group's work was the invention of the semiconductor distributed feedback laser, a device widely used in the Internet's fiber-optic communications.[2]

Amnon Yariv currently resides in Pasadena, California. He is married to Frances Yariv. He has three daughters: Danielle Yariv, Dana Yariv and Gabriela (Gavi) Yariv.


  1. ^ "Amnon Yariv". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Yariv Awarded National Medal of Science". Nov 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "IEEE Photonics Award Recipients". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Retrieved Nov 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Amnon Yariv (1995). Optical Electronics (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-510736-4.
  5. ^ Amnon Yariv and Pochi Yeh (2007). Photonics: optical electronics in modern communications (6th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-517946-0.