2019 TAU Honorary doctorate degree awarded to Prof. Amnon Yariv

TAU confers Honorary Doctorate to Permanent Sackler Member Prof. Amnon Yariv, for decades of breakthrough research in optoelectronics

From left: Prof. Yaron Oz, Prof. Amnon Yariv and Prof. Raanan Rein Photo: Yehonatan Zur

In recognition of his indelible mark in the field of integrated optics technology, Tel Aviv University awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Amnon Yariv, the Martin and Eileen Summerfield Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Prof. Yariv was a Permanent Member at The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies from 1980, since the early days of the Institute.


In his tribute to Prof. Yariv, TAU Rector Yaron Oz spoke of how TAU awards honorary doctorates to those who are visionaries in their field — to those who create new realities instead of merely improving on what exists. “The ability to set a vision far beyond imagination and bridge the gap between vision and reality, this is the path of excellence that led you here today,” said Prof. Oz.


With a plethora of awards and honors, including the prestigious National Medal of Science presented by President Barak Obama in 2010, Prof. Yariv is widely credited with transforming the optical communications industry. His research group, which focuses on the theoretical and technological underpinning of optical communication, has generated numerous technologies, not the least of which was the invention of the semiconductor distributed feedback laser. This device enabled the transmission of mass data via phone, video, cable, and the Internet, which has profoundly influenced society and culture across the globe.


The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) offers its warmest congratulations to its past Sackler Permanent Member Prof. Yariv on receiving this esteemed recognition.

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