Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

The Robert E. Hopkins Award recognizes an individual or group who has had a significant impact on the global optics and photonics community or an individual or group from the optics and photonics community who has had a significant impact on society as a whole stemming from non-research oriented activities. The award seeks to recognize achievement/s that would not be eligible for a traditional OSA award or medal. Nominees do not need to be OSA members or active in the field.

The award was established in 1997 with the support of Milton Chang and New Focus to strengthen the link between the optics community and the public. In 2010, the scope and nomination process were modified to better reflect the intent of the award and in 2012 the award was named in honor of Robert E. Hopkins thanks to the leadership of Charles E. Synborski, Chair, Robert E. Hopkins Fundraising Campaign, and the following donors: CVI Melles Griot, Semrock, and ATFilms, Units of IDEX Corporation,  Corning Incorporated, Hellma USA Incorporated, IPG Photonics Corp., LaCroix Optical Co, Sydor Optics Inc, u2t Photonics AG, John Bruning, William Mimmack, G. Michael Morris, Charles and Judith Munnerlyn, Jannick and Kevin Rolland-Thompson, and James C. Wyant.

Note - Nominations Deadline Extended Until 10 October 2014

In recognition that this award seeks to honor excellence outside the research or technology arena, the nomination materials are different from traditional OSA awards. Please contact the Awards Office for details (


2014 Robert P. Breault
2013 Mustafa A.G. Abushagur
2011 Lluis Torner
2010 Rod C Alferness
2009 Alan E. Willner
2008 Barry L. Shoop
2007 Arpad A. Bergh
2005 Ravindra Anant Athale
2004 Costas Fotakis
2003 Charles M. Vest
2002 Ellen Ochoa
2001 Duncan T. Moore
2000 Denis G. Pelli
1999 Helmut K.V. Lotsch
1998 Howard R. Schlossberg