Dr. Arthur D. Yaghjian

Arthur D. Yaghjian receives DTU Honorary Doctor Degree

mandag 26 apr 21


Olav Breinbjerg
DTU Elektro
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At DTU’s online annual commemoration party on 23 April 2021, Dr. Arthur D. Yaghjian received the DTU Honorary Doctor Degree - Doctor Honoris Causa. The degree is dated 2020 but due to the emerging Corona pandemic it could not be awarded last year.

The year 2020 is important because it marked the 200 years anniversary of Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted’s discovery of electromagnetism in 1820 and this was a most fitting occasion for DTU to recognize Dr. Yaghjian for his exceptional contributions to the electromagnetic field theory.

Electromagnetism is a very broad science but Yaghjian has, most unusually, accomplished contributions in several separate fields such as the classical electron model, analytical and numerical computational techniques, scattering theory, electrically small antennas, and not least nearfield antenna measurement techniques. Yaghjian has an exceptional  understanding of physics in general and electromagnetism in particular. He addresses fundamental problems on the nature of electromagnetic fields and their interaction with materials and structures, but his findings often have practical engineering applications. E.g. his work on fundamental limitations of electrically small antennas is of strong importance for wireless communication between ever decreasing small devices. 

DTU’s cooperation with Yaghjian started in the 1980s and has continued since. Yaghjian was then affiliated with Rome Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts where he hosted several DTU PhD students and researchers. Yaghjian was first a guest professor at DTU and later visited DTU several times contributing to PhD projects and joint publications. Yaghjian has always been a most generous and motivating scientist and a significant inspiration to all who has enjoyed his cooperation. 

Watch video on Dr. Yaghjian featuring Professor Olav Breinbjerg, DTU Electrical Engineering: