FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Optical Society
OSA, DPG Name Massimo Inguscio Winner of Herbert Walther Award
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013—The Optical Society (OSA
) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG
) are proud to announce the 2014 Herbert Walther Award
will be presented to Massimo Inguscio of the University of Florence, Italy 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.
“Massimo, in addition to his distinguished record of accomplishments in precision spectroscopy, is a recognized leader and mentor in the field,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “In honor of his pioneering research, we are proud to add him to the prestigious list of previous Walther Award winners.”
Inguscio is considered a leader in AMO physics thanks to his many cutting-edge experiments with ultra-cold atomic gases. Notably, he was among the first to research the possibilities of sympathetic cooling to cool atoms such as potassium. Inguscio has served as professor of atomic physics and structure of matter at the University of Florence since 1995. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy in 1976, and went on to teach the subject in Italy. During this time, Inguscio also retained fellowships and visiting professorships in France, Germany and the United States.
The Herbert Walther Award is made jointly by DPG and OSA, and presented by each society in alternate years. Established in 2007, the Award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community. Inguscio will join the list of esteemed past recipients including Alain Aspect, Marlan O. Scully, Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland.
Inguscio will receive the award at the DPG Spring Meeting in Berlin, Germany in March 2014.
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