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Govind P. Agrawal

Govind P. Agrawal

  • James C. Wyant Professor of Optics
  • Professor of Physics
  • Senior Scientist at LLE

Phd, Indian Institute of Technology

515 Goergen Hall
(585) 275-4846


Short Biography

Govind P. Agrawal received the MS and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 1971 and 1974 respectively. After holding positions at the École Polytechnique, Paris; City University of New York, New York; and AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, he joined the University of Rochester in January 1989. Dr. Agrawal is a fellow of both the IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He has served on the editorial boards of many journals devoted to optics and and is currently serving as the editor-in-chief for the OSA journal Advances in Optics and Photonics. He chaired the OSA Publication Council in 2009 and 2010 and was also on the OSA Board of Directors during that period. Professor Agrawal received the IEEE Photonics Society’s prestigious Quantum Electronics Award in 2012. He is also the recipient of the 2013 William H. Riker University Award for Graduate Teaching. Dr. Agrawal became the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics in 2013.

Research Overview

Dr. Agrawal's research interests focus on quantum electronics, nonlinear photonics, and fiber-optic communications. He has made important contributions to the fields of semiconductor lasers, nonlinear fiber optics, and optical communications. He has authored eight books several of which are used worldwide for teaching and graduate education. In particular, his book Fiber-Optic Communication Systems (Wiley, 4th ed. 2010) is a standard graduate textbook in many universities for training telecommunication engineers.  His book on Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, 5th ed. 2013) appears among the 10 top cited books in Physics at Google Scholar and has helped in training a whole generation of scientists. He has published more than 400 research papers in the internationally reputed scientific journals.