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Yakir Aharonov
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Born (1932-08-28) 28 August 1932 (age 90)
Alma materTechnion
Bristol University
Known forAharonov–Bohm effect
Aharonov–Casher effect
Weak values
Two-state vector formalism
AwardsNational Medal of Science (2009)
Wolf Prize (1998)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1991)
Scientific career
InstitutionsPerimeter Institute
Chapman University
Tel Aviv University
University of South Carolina
George Mason University
Brandeis University
Yeshiva University
Doctoral advisorDavid Bohm
Doctoral studentsDavid Albert
Avshalom Elitzur
Lev Vaidman
Sandu Popescu
He is the uncle of Dorit Aharonov.

Yakir Aharonov (Hebrew: יקיר אהרונוב; born August 28, 1932)[1] is an Israeli physicist specializing in quantum physics. He has been a Professor of Theoretical Physics and the James J. Farley Professor of Natural Philosophy at Chapman University in California since 2008.[2] He is also a distinguished professor in the Perimeter Institute[3] and a professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He is president of the IYAR, The Israeli Institute for Advanced Research.[4]


Yakir Aharonov was born in Haifa. He received his undergraduate education at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, graduating with a BSc in 1956. He continued his graduate studies at the Technion and then moved to Bristol University, UK together with his doctoral advisor David Bohm, receiving a Ph.D. degree in 1960. Aharonov later taught at the Brandeis University from 1960–61 and the Yeshiva University from 1964–67, both in the United States.[2]

Academic career

His research interests are nonlocal and topological effects in quantum mechanics, quantum field theories and interpretations of quantum mechanics. In 1959, he and David Bohm proposed the Aharonov–Bohm effect for which he co-received the 1998 Wolf Prize.

In 1988, Aharonov et al. published their theory of weak values.[citation needed] This work was motivated by Aharonov's long-time quest to experimentally verify his theory that apparently random events in quantum mechanics are caused by events in the future (two-state vector formalism). Verifying a present effect of a future cause requires a measurement, which would ordinarily destroy coherence and ruin the experiment. He and his colleagues claim that they were able to use weak measurements and verify the present effect of the future cause.[citation needed] Working with Aharon Casher, they predicted the Aharonov–Casher effect, the electrodynamic dual of the AharonovBohm effect with magnetic dipoles and charges.[2]


Awards and recognition

See also


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  7. ^ Simply-Smart. "תוצאות חיפוש". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
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