Yakir 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.