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Two Israelis to receive U.S. science medal

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October 18, 2010 | 10:36 am

Two Israeli scientists have been chosen to receive the U.S. National Medal of Science.

Yakir Aharonov and Amnon Yariv will be among 10 scientists to receive the award from President Obama at a mid-November ceremony at the White House for their outstanding contributions to the field.

Aharonov, 78, a quantum physicist, is an emeritus professor at Tel Aviv University and a professor at Chapman University in California. He discovered the Aharonov-Bohm effect with physicist David Bohm that describes how particles are influenced by forces far removed from them.

Yariv, who specializes in electro-optics, serves on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology.

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