Eli Yablonovitch

Eli Yablonovitch

Co-Founder, Luxtera and Professor of Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Eli Yablonovitch graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Professor of Electrical Engineering until he joined UC Berkeley in 2007, also as Professor of Electrical Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize.