Ali Javan

Ali Javan

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Ali Mortimer Javan (, ), born December 26, 1926 in Tehran, Iran is an Iranian American inventor and physicist at MIT. He co-invented the gas laser in 1960, with William R. Bennett.

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Born in Tehran to Iranian Azeri parents from Tabriz, web-page of 'Farhang-Sara' Born in Tehran of Azerbaijani parentage, Javan came to the United States in 1949 where shortly afterwards he received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York City. He's been with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1962. Javan graduated from Alborz High School, started his university studies at University of Tehran and continued at Columbia University after coming to the United States in 1948. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1954. He joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an associate professor of physics in 1961 and has been a professor since 1964.
  • After graduation, Ali Javan became a researcher at Bell Labs, where he first proposed the principle of gas lasers, which led him to co-invent a laser composed of helium and neon.


  • Worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an associate professor of physics in 1961 and full professor after 1964.
  • In 1975, he received the Fredric Ives Medal from the Optical Society of America
  • In 1993, Ali Javan was awarded the Albert Einstein World Medal of Science.


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