William F. Meggers Award

William F. Meggers Award

This award, endowed by the family of William Meggers, several individuals and a number of optical manufacturers, honors Meggers for his notable contributions to the field of spectroscopy and metrology. It is awarded for outstanding work in spectroscopy.

The OSA Foundation is currently raising funds to permanently endow this award. Please consider making a donation to support this special honor. Your gift will be matched by OSA with a contribution to the OSAF General Fund.

View the current William F. Meggers Award Selection Committee.


2017 - Shaul Mukamel [Citation]

for developing the theoretical framework of coherent multidimensional spectroscopy for electronic excitations in the optical regime and proposing extensions to the x-ray spectral regime.

2016 - Brooks H. Pate [Citation]

For the invention of the chirped- pulse Fourier transform microwave technique, which revolutionized rotational spectroscopy, leading to an explosion of novel spectroscopic, astrochemical, analytical, dynamical, and chemical kinetics applications.

2015 - Paul Julienne [Citation]

For seminal contributions to precision photoassociation and magnetic-Feshbach spectroscopy of ultracold atoms, and the application of these techniques to the formation of cold polar molecules.

2014 - Francois Biraben [Citation]

For outstanding achievements in high resolution atomic spectroscopy and metrology of fundamental constants, leading to far-reaching tests of quantum electrodynamics

2013 - Louis F. DiMauro [Citation]

For contributions to precision measurements of nonsequential double ionization, exploration of strong field interaction scaling properties from mid-infrared to X-ray and innovative experiments of time-resolved molecular imaging

2012 - Xi-Cheng Zhang [Citation]

For exceptional contributions to coherent generation and detection of ultra-broadband THz waves for far-infrared spectroscopy

2011 - Steven T. Cundiff [Citation]

For contributions to the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, including multidimensional Fourier transform techniques, and for contributions to the development of femtosecond frequency comb technology

2010 - Frederic Merkt [Citation]

For ground-breaking work on the ultrahigh resolution spectroscopy of Rydberg states of atoms and molecules, and for the refinement of high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and its application to the determination of the structural and dynamical properties of molecular cations

2009 - Leo Hollberg [Citation]

For seminal contributions to the development of diode lasers as powerful spectroscopic tools, development of femtosecond combs, and demonstration of unique quantum effects in the interaction between light and atoms

2008 - Michael S. Feld [Citation]

For major contributions to the foundations of laser spectroscopy, and for pioneering developments in the application of spectroscopy to biomedicine

2007 - Pierre Agostini [Citation]

For leadership in the development of innovative experiments providing major insights into the dynamics of the nonlinear response of atoms and molecules submitted to strong infrared laser pulses

2006 - Jun Ye [Citation]

For development of innovative spectroscopic techniques based on femtosecond optical frequency combs

2005 - Daniel M. Neumark [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to the molecular spectroscopy of transient species, including transition state spectroscopy by photo-detachment, the development of anion zero-electron-kinetic-energy spectroscopy and time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

2004 - Brian John Orr [Citation]

For advancing molecular spectroscopy by experiment and theory on infrared- and Raman-ultraviolet double resonance, coherent Raman spectroscopy, cavity ringdown spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, and tunable coherent light sources

2003 - Daniel R. Grischkowsky [Citation]

For seminal contributions to the development and application of THz time-domain spectroscopy

2002 - James C. Bergquist [Citation]

For seminal contributions to high-resolution, high accuracy laser spectroscopy with applications to fundamental metrology and clocks

2001 - Frank De Lucia [Citation]

For pioneering work in the development of the submillimeter-wave region of the electromagnetic spectrum and its application to scientific problems in physics, chemistry, and astronomy

2000 - Roger E. Miller [Citation]

For his work in the development and use of high resolution infrared spectroscopy in the study of loosely bonded clusters in the gas-phase as well as in liquid He droplets

1999 - David J. Nesbitt [Citation]

For his experimental and theoretical contributions to the understanding of the molecular structure and dynamics of weakly bound molecules through the use of high-resolution infrared laser spectroscopy

1998 - William C. Stwalley [Citation]

For his important contributions to the theory of long-range molecular states, the spectroscopy of alkali-dimer and alkali-hydride diatomic molecules, and the theory of the stability of spin-polarized hydrogen. Recognition is also given to his leadership and teaching in the field of laser science and a lifetime of professional services to the scientific community

1997 - Takeshi Oka [Citation]

For his contributions to experimental and theoretical high resolution molecular spectroscopy. As one example, his work on H3+ has revolutionized the field of infrared spectroscopy of molecular ions, but the breadth and quality of his work is such that all aspects of his distinguished career spanning 40 years have had a significant impact in the fields of chemistry, physics, and astrophysics

1996 - Robert W. Field [Citation]

For his invention of powerful high resolution spectroscopic methods, including stimulated emission pumping, which have found widespread application. These methods, combined with his definitive studies of perturbations in diatomic molecular spectra, have changed the way we think about molecular complexity

1995 - Robert N. Compton [Citation]

For seminal contributions to the understanding of the nature of atomic and molecular negative ions (especially doubly-charged anions) and to the field of multiphoton excitation processes in the gas phase

1994 - Steven Chu [Citation]

For pioneering work in manipulation, cooling, and trapping of neutral particles by laser light, and for the first optical spectroscopy of the short-lived laptonicatoms, positronium and muonium

1993 - Terry A. Miller [Citation]

For the development of high resolution spectroscopy of molecular ions and radicals and the insightful interpretation of the resulting spectra

1992 - Joseph Reader [Citation]

For his outstanding research on complex atomic spectra and spectra of highly ionized atoms

1991 - Daniel Kleppner [Citation]

For his outstanding contributions to spectroscopy, including development of the hydrogen maser, spectroscopy of Rydberg states, and analysis of the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic fields

1990 - David J. Wineland [Citation]

For his conception of novel, high sensitivity, high accuracy, spectroscopic techniques, their realization, and their application to fundamental measurements

1989 - Ugo Fano [Citation]

For his novel analyses of spectroscopic phenomena in the framework of collision dynamics

1988 - Carl W. Lineberger [Citation]

For contributions to the basic chemistry, spectroscopy, and physics of atomic and molecular negative ion spectroscopy

1987 - Hans R. Griem [Citation]

For outstanding contributions to atomic spectroscopy, especially its application to the understanding of the physics of plasmas

1986 - Alexander Dalgarno [Citation]

For contributions to atomic and molecular spectroscopy, particularly in the analysis of problems of astrophysical interest

1985 - Theodor W. Haensch [Citation]

For his discoveries of powerful techniques for high-resolution laser spectroscopy, and their application to fundamental problems of physics, particularly through precision measurements on atomic hydrogen

1984 - Robert D. Cowan [Citation]

For his world-recognized contributions to the theory of atomic structure and spectra

1983 - William C. Martin [Citation]

For his outstanding contributions to the understanding of the spectra of complex atoms and ions

1982 - George W. Series [Citation]

In recognition of both his theoretical and experimental contributions to a better understanding of the interaction of radiation with atoms, especially for his contributions to the development of the method of quantum-beat spectroscopy.

1981 - Boris P. Stoicheff [Citation]

In recognition of his innovative use of lasers in spectroscopy, particularly his studies of stimulated and inverse Raman and Brillouin scattering and of highly excited atomic states.

1980 - John G. Conway [Citation]

In recognition of his leadership in the measurement and analysis of actinide crystal and atomic spectroscopy.

1978 - Robert P Madden No citation available

1977 - Mark S. Fred No citation available

1977 - Frank S. Tomkins No citation available

1976 - W. R. S. Garton [Citation]

In recognition of his contributions to atomic spectroscopy, particularly his studies of autoionization, diamagnetic Zeeman effects, and absorption of high Rydberg-series members.

1975 - Emmett N. Leith No citation available

1975 - Jean Blaise No citation available

1974 - Harry L. Welsh No citation available

1973 - Curtis J. Humphreys No citation available

1972 - Charlotte Moore Sitterly No citation available

1971 - Allen G. Shenstone No citation available

1970 - George R. Harrison No citation available