Herbert Walther Award

Herbert Walther Award

The Herbert Walther Award honors Professor Herbert Walther for the seminal influence of his ground-breaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics, and for his wide-ranging contributions to the international scientific community. The Award is jointly made by Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and OSA, and presented by each society in alternate years.  The award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.

The OSA Foundation has endowed this award with the support of corporate contributors, including Toptica Photonics AG and Messe München International - LASER World of PHOTONICS and individual contributors, including Tony and Jeannie Siegman, Joseph and Shirley Eberly, Gerd Leuchs, Marlan Scully, Wolfgang Ketterle, Peter Knight, and Y. Ron Shen.

View the current Herbert Walther Award Selection Committee.

Nominations for the 2018 award should be sent to DPG.


2017 - Randall Hulet [Citation]

For pioneering achievements in the field of ultracold atomic gases, including the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation with attractive interactions and groundbreaking studies of atomic fermions

2016 - Peter A. Zoller [Citation]

For the pioneering discoveries and development of new interdisciplinary quantum science that unifies quantum optics, atomic, molecular, optical, and condensed matter.

2015 - Peter E. Toschek [Citation]

For his pioneering experiments to laser cooling and trapping of single ions, his contributions to the understanding of principles of laser spectroscopy as well as of atomic physics.

2014 - Massimo Inguscio [Citation]

For groundbreaking experiments in modern atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, from spectroscopy of metastable helium to Anderson localization of ultra-cold atoms, and for his scientific leadership world-wide

2013 - H. Jeff Kimble [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and quantum information science

2012 - Alain Aspect [Citation]

For his pioneering experimental contributions to the fields of quantum entanglement and cold atom physics

2011 - Marlan O. Scully [Citation]

For fundamental and applied contributions: from the quantum theory of optical and micro-masers to the quantum eraser, and from inversionless and correlated emission lasers to anthrax detection

2010 - Serge Haroche [Citation]

For using the techniques of quantum optics and atomic physics to creatively illuminate the mysterious world near to the quantum classical border, where waves become particles and ordinary physics emerges from the quantum domain

2009 - David J. Wineland [Citation]

For seminal contributions to quantum information physics and metrology, and the development of trapped ion techniques for applications to basic quantum phenomena, plasma physics, and optical clocks