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National Medal of Science captures international attention

October 19, 2010
Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D.

Friday’s White House announcement that Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D., professor of theoretical physics at Chapman University, had been awarded the 2010 National Medal of Science has spanned the globe, from The Orange County Register to the Jerusalem Post.

Just a few places where extensive coverage can be followed are The Orange County Register, The Jerusalem Post,, Southern California Public Radio, and The Jewish Journal.

Bestowed annually by the President of the United States, the National Medal of Science is the nation’s highest scientific honor.

The White House awards the National Medal to “individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.”  The official citation accompanying Dr. Aharonov’s medal states that he is being honored “for his contributions to the foundations of quantum physics and for drawing out unexpected implications of that field, ranging from the Aharonov-Bohm Effect to the theory of weak measurement.”

The medal will be presented to Dr. Aharonov and the other recipients of this year’s medals by President Obama at a ceremony in coming weeks at the White House, with the date to be announced.

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