Noble Foundation Chair and Regents Professor, Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Dr. Agarwal was born in Bareilly, India. He obtained his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1969.
For many years he served as Director of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad and as the Indian National Science Academy's Albert Einstein Research Professorship. He has been awarded several prizes, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1982, the Max Born Prize from the Optical Society of America in 1988, the Physics Prize of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1994, and the Humboldt Prize in 1997.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Indian National Science Academy and Academy of Sciences, and the Third World Academy of Sciences.
Girish Agarwal is distinguished for his pioneering work in theoretical quantum optics, particularly the non-classical properties of light and its interaction with atoms. He published seminal papers on the use of phase space and master equations in quantum optics. He was one of the first to recognize that quantum interferences could be used to modify dissipative processes in quantum optics, a key part of current work on "slow light" and developed theoretical tools to address problems in open system dynamics now in use world-wide. His current interests include biophotonics; plasmonics and nano photonics; quantum optics and optomechanics.