Ali Javan (Persian: علی جوان – ‘Ali Javān, Azerbaijani: ) is an Iranian American physicist and inventor at MIT. His main contributions to science have been in the fields of quantum physics and spectroscopy. He co-invented the gas laser in 1960, with William R. Bennett. In 2007 Javan was ranked Number 12 on the list of the “Top 100 Living Geniuses”.
|Known for||Gas laser|
|Notable awards||Albert Einstein World Award of Science (1993)|
Ali Javan was born in Tehran to Iranian Azerbaijani parents from Tabriz. He graduated from Alborz High School, started his university studies at University of Tehran and came to the United States in 1948 right after the war.
- Member of Sigma Xi
- National Academy of Sciences Fellow
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
- 1964 – Stuart Ballantine Medal of the Franklin Institute for “conception and development of the first continuous optical laser which utilised Neon and Helium“
- 1966 – Fanny and John Hertz Foundation Medal
- 1966 – Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
- 1975 – Frederic Ives Medal of the Optical Society of America
- 1979 – Humboldt Foundation Fellowship
- 1993 – Albert Einstein World Award of Science of the World Cultural Council 
- 2006 – Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
- 2011 – SPIE Fellow