OSU Physics Professor Elected to The Royal Society

Friday, 16 May 2008

 

Girish Agarwal, a physics professor at Oklahoma State University and a leader in quantum optics, recently was recognized for exceptional contributions to society with his election to the Fellowship of The Royal Society. Agarwal joins the likes of great scientists that include Stephen Hawking.

Girish Agarwal, a physics professor at Oklahoma State University and a leader in quantum optics, recently was recognized for exceptional contributions to society with his election to the Fellowship of The Royal Society.

Fellows of the United Kingdom’s national academy of science are leaders in the fields of science, engineering and medicine. Agarwal joins the likes of David Attenborough, the face and voice of British natural history, and Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist best known for his bestseller “A Brief History of Time.”

“Election to a Fellowship of The Royal Society is regarded as the highest accolade a scientist in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth can receive next to a Nobel Prize,” said Peter M.A. Sherwood, Regents Professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Agarwal has been a world leader in the field of quantum optics for more than 25 years. His monograph “quantum optics,” which introduces new theoretical techniques, has been cited more than 600 times. “My work is of a fundamental nature but is applicable to high resolution optical imaging where breakthroughs in optical sciences can be applied to everything from contact lenses to cameras,” he said.

His accolades also include winning Germany’s Humboldt Research Award, the Max Born prize of the Optical Society of America and the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize in Physics. In 2006 he was named an OSU Regents Professor, which is the most prestigious rank a faculty member can attain.

“I feel especially good about The Royal Society honor as in India, a Commonwealth country, it is nearly the highest recognition a scientist can expect,-” said Agarwal who is a native of India.

Agarwal will present his work in July at the organization’s annual seminar. He will discuss “Quantum Interference between Independent Particles and Generation of Entanglement.”

To learn more about the physics department at OSU, visit http://physics.okstate.edu . To learn more about The Royal Society visit http://royalsociety.org .