Yakir Aharonov

Yakir Aharonov (Hebrew יקיר אהרונוב; born August 28, 1932 in Haifa) is an Israeli physicist.

Life and work

After schooling Aharonov was convened for the 18th birthday to the Israeli army. He then studied at the Technion, Haifa, where in 1956 he received his bachelors degree. He moved to the University of Bristol, where he received his doctorate in 1960 with a thesis on quantum theory. 1960-1961 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University. Then he returned to Israel to teach at Yeshiva University: By 1964, as a lecturer and then to 1967 as an associate professor. 1967 to 1973 he was a full professor at Tel Aviv University and Yeshiva University. From 1973 to 2006 he was professor of theoretical physics in Tel Aviv and at the University of South Carolina. Since then, he has been a professor at the Center for Quantum Studies, George Mason University.

Aharonov interested in nonlocal and topological effects in quantum mechanics and quantum field theories as well as for the interpretation of quantum mechanics. In 1959, he said, with his doctor father David Bohm ahead to later named after them Aharonov -Bohm effect, which underwent experimental confirmation in the following year by Robert Chambers for the first time. In the sixties Aharonov published with Joel Lebowitz and Peter Bergmann, an alternative formulation of quantum physics, which is intended to avoid the measurement problem.

In his spare time likes to play chess Aharonov.


  • Over 150 papers in scientific journals
  • Some problems in the quantum theory of measurements and electromagnetic potentials as observables in the quantum theory. Dissertation, Bristol 1960
  • With Daniel Rohrlich: Quantum paradoxes. Quantum theory for the perplexed. Wiley- VCH, Weinheim and Cambridge, 2005, ISBN 3-527-40391-4