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"For innovative applications of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to complex quantum states of matter."Background:
Ali Yazdani is the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics at Princeton University and the director of Princeton Center for Complex Materials, an NSF-funded center for material research in science and engineering. He is known for his research in advancing our understanding of emergent quantum phenomena by application and development of high-resolution microscopy techniques to directly visualize highly entangled quantum states of matter. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in physics and from Stanford University in 1995 with a Ph.D. in applied physics. After working as a postdoctoral scientist at IBM, he started his own independent research group at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign before joining Princeton University's Physics Department in 2005. He has held visiting professorships at Stanford and at Cambridge University (Trinity College) in UK and has been a Loeb Lecturer at Harvard. For his research accomplishments, he has been recognized by several awards and honors including a Humboldt research award and have been elected a fellow of American Physical Society, American Association for Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2019, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has advised more 30 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.