Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize

Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize

Frederic Ives MedalRecognizing overall distinction in optics, the Frederic Ives Medal is the highest award of the Society. It was endowed in 1928 by Herbert E. Ives, a distinguished charter member and OSA President, 1924 and 1925, to honor his father who was noted as the inventor of modern photoengraving and for his pioneering contributions to color photography, three-color process printing, and other branches of applied optics. The prize is funded by the Jarus W. Quinn Ives Medal Endowment raised by members at the time of Quinn's retirement in recognition of his 25 years of service as OSA's first Executive Director.

View the current Frederic Ives Medal/Quinn Prize Selection Committee.


2017 - Margaret M. Murnane [Citation]

For pioneering and sustained contributions to ultrafast science ranging from femtosecond lasers to soft x-ray high-harmonic generation to attosecond studies of atoms, molecules and surfaces

2016 - Gérard A. Mourou [Citation]

For numerous pioneering contributions to the development of ultrafast and ultrahigh intensity laser science and for outstanding leadership of the international and commercial communities impacted by these technologies.

2015 - James G. Fujimoto [Citation]

For pioneering the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and for leading the field to widespread medical application and major commercial impact

2014 - Paul B. Corkum [Citation]

For outstanding contributions to the foundation of the fields of attosecond science, high-harmonic spectroscopy and molecular optics

2013 - Alain Aspect [Citation]

For carrying out pioneering research on photons and atoms shedding light on the most intriguing quantum phenomena and prompting the development of the new field of quantum information

2012 - Marlan O. Scully [Citation]

For lifetime leadership in groundbreaking research on all aspects of quantum optics including the quantum theory of the laser, quantum coherence effects, quantum thermodynamics and the foundations of quantum mechanics

2011 - Ivan P. Kaminow [Citation]

For pioneering research in high-speed modulators, ridge waveguide lasers and wavelength-division-multiplexed optical networks, and each has had a profound impact on modern communication systems

2010 - Joseph H. Eberly [Citation]

For many important research contributions to quantum optics and optical physics, his leadership as a teacher and educator, and his tireless and visionary service to the optics community

2009 - Robert L. Byer [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to optical science and the commercial development of optical technologies and for wide-ranging leadership activities within the optics community

2008 - Peter L Knight [Citation]

For his immense contribution to optics through pioneering research in quantum optics and by his unique combination of educational, organization and leadership skills

2007 - Daniel Kleppner [Citation]

For sustained innovation, discovery and leadership in the interaction of radiation with atoms and for his service and general educational activities

2006 - Erich P. Ippen [Citation]

For laying the foundations of ultrafast science and engineering and providing vision and sustained leadership to the optics community

2005 - Theodor W. Haensch [Citation]

For seminal contributions and landmark advances in optical science and atomic physics, including narrow-band dye lasers, Doppler-free laser spectroscopy, laser cooling of atomic gases, precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, frequency metrology with optical combs, and new physics with cold atoms in optical lattices

2004 - David J. Wineland [Citation]

For development of laser-manipulated quantum engineering at the single-atom level and application of these methods to quantum logic systems, atomic frequency standards, and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics

2003 - Herbert Walther [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to quantum optics, including the development of the micromaser and the demonstration of Wigner crystallization of laser-cooled ions

2002 - James Gordon [Citation]

For numerous seminal contributions and fundamental insights into quantum electronics, including construction of the first maser, the concept of confocal laser resonators, optical solitons, and quantum effects in communications systems

2001 - Nick Holonyak, Jr. [Citation]

For pioneering work in the field of semiconductor lasers and LEDs

2000 - Alexander Prokhorov [Citation]

For his distinguished contributions and monumental role over the past 45 years in creating and developing quantum electronics

1999 - Stephen E. Harris [Citation]

For pioneering work in nonlinear optics, XUV lasers and laser spectroscopy, from electromagnetically induced transparency and lasing without inversion to nonlinear optics at maximal coherence

1998 - Arthur Ashkin [Citation]

For his pioneering work on the manipulation of particles with light, including the invention of the "optical tweezers" trap and his studies of radiation forces on atoms and for important contributions to nonlinear optics

1997 - Tingye Li [Citation]

For his leadership and contributions to lightwave science and technology, ranging from fundamental studies of modes in laser resonators to remarkable implementations of advanced optical communications systems

1996 - Charles H. Townes [Citation]

For five decades of major contributions to the field of optics, including research, education and administration, but especially for his inspiring creativity in optical physics, from quantum electronics to airborne infrared astronomy

1995 - Robert M. Boynton [Citation]

To recognize fundamental contributions to the understanding of human color vision, and for leadership in teaching and in service to the vision community

1994 - Hermann A. Haus [Citation]

For his fundamental and seminal contribution to the understanding of quantum noise in optical systems and for a lifetime of dedication to science and engineering education

1993 - Leonard Mandel [Citation]

In recognition of his contributions to coherence theory and to the fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and the nature of the photon

1992 - Robert W. Terhune [Citation]

In recognition of his many pioneering contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, as well as his service to the optics community

1991 - John L. Hall [Citation]

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to laser frequency stabilization, innovations in high resolution laser spectroscopy, and high accuracy tests of fundamental physical laws.

1990 - Joseph W. Goodman [Citation]

For his outstanding technical contributions to the field of coherent optics and for his equally important and continuing contributions to modern optics education and to scientific communication

1989 - Chandra Kumar N. Patel [Citation]

In recognition of his illustrious career in optics and materials sciences and his exemplary service in scientific management.

1988 - Anthony J. DeMaria [Citation]

For outstanding contributions to the field of optics and quantum electronics, particularly the first demonstration of optical picosecond pulses using mode-locked lasers, and pioneering contributions to the application of lasers in industry and scientific research

1987 - Anthony E. Siegman [Citation]

For contribution to the field of quantum electronics, particularly research on unstable resonators and mode-locked lasers, as well as contributions to the education of a generation of optical scientists

1986 - Amnon Yariv [Citation]

For his numerous pioneering contributions to lasers, optoelectronics, and phase conjugate optics

1985 - Emmett N. Leith [Citation]

For contributions to modern holography, information processing, and electromagnetics

1984 - Herwig Kogelnik [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to holography, lasers, and integrated optics

1983 - Boris P. Stoicheff [Citation]

For his contributions to high resolution Raman spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and the applications of nonlinear optics to atomic and molecular spectroscopy

1982 - Lorrin A. Riggs [Citation]

In recognition of a lifetime of pioneering in electrophysiological, psychophysical, and other studies of the visual process; his years of public service in the field of vision; and his genius for inspiring generations of students to create their own distinguished careers in vision.

1981 - G. Hass [Citation]

In recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the structure and behavior of evaporated thin films and the application of these films to reflective and anti-reflective coatings for both the visible and the ultraviolet spectral regions.

1980 - Aden B. Meinel [Citation]

For his contributions to thermal solar energy, analysis of the principles of coherently combined, independent telescopes, and the leadership he has given to several major optical and astronomical research centers

1979 - Nicolaas Bloembergen [Citation]

In recognition of his achievement in establishing the theoretical framework of nonlinear optics, his sustained innovative contributions to the exploration of all aspects in the field of nonlinear optical phenomena, and his successes in the role of teacher and interpreter of science

1978 - Harold H. Hopkins [Citation]

In recognition of his many unique contributions to the field of optics, including aberration theory, optical design, image evaluation, coherence theory, interferometry, and fiber optics.

1977 - Emil Wolf [Citation]

For his many contributions to our understanding of electromagnetic theory and physical optics, particularly for his work in diffraction and the theory of partial coherence, and for his contributions to the tutorial literature as author and editor

1976 - Arthur L. Schawlow No citation available

1975 - Ali Javan No citation available

1974 - David L. MacAdam No citation available

1973 - Rudolf Kingslake No citation available

1972 - R. Clark Jones No citation available

1971 - A. Francis Turner No citation available

1970 - Robert E. Hopkins No citation available

1969 - David H. Rank No citation available

1968 - Edward U. Condon No citation available

1967 - Edwin H. Land No citation available

1966 - George Wald No citation available

1965 - James G. Baker No citation available

1964 - Gerhard Herzberg No citation available

1963 - Ralph A. Sawyer No citation available

1962 - Max Herzberger No citation available

1961 - Seibert Q. Duntley No citation available

1960 - Richard Tousey No citation available

1959 - W.E.K. Middleton No citation available

1958 - Deane B. Judd No citation available

1957 - Arthur C. Hardy No citation available

1956 - John Donovan Strong No citation available

1955 - Edward O. Hulburt No citation available

1954 - Irving C. Gardner No citation available

1953 - Harrison M. Randall No citation available

1952 - Ira S. Bowen No citation available

1951 - Brian O'Brien No citation available

1949 - George R. Harrison No citation available

1947 - William F. Meggers No citation available

1945 - W. W. Coblentz No citation available

1943 - Loyd A. Jones No citation available

1941 - Selig Hecht No citation available

1939 - A. H. Pfund No citation available

1937 - Herbert E. Ives No citation available

1935 - George E. Hale No citation available

1933 - R. W. Wood No citation available

1931 - Theodore Lyman No citation available

1929 - Edward L. Nichols No citation available