Gérard Mourou

A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Gérard Mourou was a founding Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. For thirty years, Professor Gérard Mourou has pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines. He is an inventor of the Chirped Pulses Amplification (CPA) technique which allowed for amplifying an ultrashort laser pulses to very high optical powers (presently Petawatt) with the laser pulse being stretched out temporally and spectrally prior to amplification. He has been the recipient of the Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America, the Edgerton Prize from the SPIE, the Sarnoff Prize from the IEEE, and the 2004 IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Professor Mourou is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Currently he is a Director of the Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée, Palaiseau, France.