Eli Yablonovitch, adjunct professor of electrical engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been selected to receive the 2014 Rank Prize. The award is given by the Rank Foundation, a charitable organization based in the United Kingdom and founded by Lord Rank, with a mission to recognize exceptional research studies and reward brilliant minds for perseverance and innovative work.
Yablonovitch is being recognized with the award for the idea that strained semiconductor lasers would have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. Almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, including those used in DVD players, red laser pointers, and optical communication, including most Internet mouse clicks.
Yablonovitch has been honored with prestigious awards in the U.S. and internationally. In 2013, he was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London. In 2012, he received the IEEE Photonics Award, the Harvey Prize in Israel, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2003, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering as well as the National Academy of Sciences.