Israeli Scientist Among 3 Predicted to Win Nobel Prize for Physics

Yakir Aharonov, who discovered the quantum mechanical Aharonov-Bohm effect, appears on Reuters list of Nobel predictions.

Israeli physicist Professor Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University has been included in the list of 25 candidates to be considered for a Nobel Prize, as projected by the news agency Reuters.

The list includes likely candidates for the prize in all the sciences - medicine, chemistry, physics and economics ? and Aharonov is among the three names listed for the physics prize.

Reuters has developed a list of likely winners since 1989. The list is compiled every year by David Pendlebury, who is considered an expert on predicting Nobel Prize laureates. The prediction process relies mainly on the number of times an individual is cited and the significance of the individual's scientific articles.

The winners of the Nobel Prize will be announced starting Tuesday.

Aharonov said Saturday that he has been "mentioned as a Nobel Prize candidate for several years, but this is the first time that I appear on an objective list based on citations, alongside the most revered scientists in the world."

The scientific phenomenon that could win Aharonov the coveted prize was discovered 50 years ago, and has been named the Aharonov-Bohm effect, named after Aharonov and his mentor, physicist David Bohm. It describes a quantum mechanical phenomenon in which a particle is able to "feel" a distant force.