The Optical Society Bestows 18 Awards for 2011


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The Optical Society Bestows 18 Awards for 2011

WASHINGTON, April 7 – The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the 2011 recipients of its prestigious awards and medals. The winners include: Ivan P. Kaminow, Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize; Stephen M. Pompea, Esther Hoffman Beller Medal; Carlton M. Caves, Max Born Award; James H. Burge, Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award; Mary Lou Jepsen, Edwin H. Land Medal; Lluis Torner, OSA Leadership Award; Jean Pierre Huignard, Emmett N. Leith Medal; Isao Noda, Ellis R. Lippincott Award; Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, Adolph Lomb Medal; Lihong V. Wang, C. E. K. Mees Medal; Steven T. Cundiff, William F. Meggers Award; Ishwar Aggarwal and Jas Sanghera, David Richardson Medal; Wilson Sibbett, Charles Hard Townes Award; David F. Welch, John Tyndall Award; Marlan O. Scully, Herbert Walther Award; Demetrios N. Christodoulides, R. W. Wood Prize. These award winners join an esteemed group of past recipients recognized for their unwavering commitment to the field of optics.

“OSA is proud to recognize and honor the innovations and dedication of these leaders in the field,” said OSA President Christopher Dainty. “This year’s recipients have demonstrated significant contributions to the field of optics and photonics and OSA congratulates them on their remarkable accomplishments.”

The review process for each of these awards is rigorous as each nominee is carefully evaluated by a selection committee. Although the criterion for each award differs, the selection process is the same. A nomination form is submitted with a brief citation summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments with a particular emphasis on those that make him/her a candidate for the award, a one-page narrative on the most significant events in the candidate’s career, curriculum vitae and four letters of reference for the candidate. The OSA Board of Directors appoints a committee to oversee each award or medal selection process. The committee is then responsible for the evaluation of each nominee and the selection of the individual or group that is most deserving of the award. Finally, the committee’s selection is presented to the OSA Board of Directors for their review and final approval.

This year’s award winners are as follows:

Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize
Recipient: Ivan P. Kaminow, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The Frederic Ives Medal is the highest award conferred by OSA for overall distinction in optics. This award is being presented to Ivan P. Kaminow for pioneering research in high-speed modulators, ridge waveguide lasers, and wavelength-division-multiplexed optical networks, each of which has had a profound impact on modern communication systems.

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
Recipient: Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), USA

The Esther Hoffman Beller Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education. This year, Stephen M. Pompea is awarded for sustained optics outreach activities to schools and colleges, authorship of hands-on optics curriculum books, and for leadership to realize and distribute Galileoscopes, a low-cost telescope kit for kids.

Max Born Award
Recipient: Carlton M. Caves, University of New Mexico, USA

The Max Born Award recognizes contributions to physical optics. Carlton M. Caves is being recognized for his seminal contributions in quantum optics and information theory, including the foundations of quantum noise, the role of entanglement in quantum information processing and the fundamental limits of quantum measurement.

Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
Recipient: James H. Burge, University of Arizona, USA

The Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize recognizes accomplishments in optical engineering. The award is presented to James H. Burge for his many clever developments in optical fabrication and testing and the education of optical engineering students.

Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award
Recipient: Yasuhiko Arakawa, University of Tokyo, Japan

The Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award is given for contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications. This year, Yasuhiko Arakawa is being recognized for seminal contributions to quantum dot lasers and nanophotonic devices.

Edwin H. Land Medal
Recipient: Mary Lou Jepsen, Pixel Qi, USA

The Edwin H. Land Medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and products and is co-sponsored with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Mary Lou Jepsen is being presented this award for her visionary entrepreneurial and technical leadership of the One Laptop Per Child program to develop a rugged, low-cost educational computer for developing countries.

OSA Leadership Award
Recipient: Lluis Torner, ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

The OSA Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group of optics professionals who has made a significant impact on the field of optics and/or made a significant contribution to society. This year, it is awarded to Lluis Torner for leadership and advocacy of optics and photonics, and especially for the creation of ICFO, an excellence center in optical research and a model for successful optics initiatives.

Emmett N. Leith Medal
Recipient: Jean Pierre Huignard, Thales Research & Technology (retired), France

The Emmett N. Leith Medal recognizes seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing. Jean Pierre Huignard is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of spatial light modulators and analog optical signal processing.

Ellis R. Lippincott Award
Recipient: Isao Noda, Procter & Gamble Co., USA

The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is given for contributions to vibrational spectroscopy and is co-sponsored with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Isao Noda is being awarded for developing two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy, a method that has been expanded to other probing methods and utilized for studying the structure-spectrum correlation for a wide range of materials.

Adolph Lomb Medal
Recipient: Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, Columbia University, USA

The Adolph Lomb Medal recognizes noteworthy contributions made to optics before reaching the age of 35. Elizabeth M. C. Hillman is being recognized for pioneering developments in biomedical optics, including laminar optical tomography and dynamic contrast enhanced molecular imaging.

C. E. K. Mees Medal
Recipient: Lihong V. Wang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

The C. E. K. Mees Medal recognizes interdisciplinary and international contributions to optics. The award is being given to Lihong V. Wang for seminal contributions to photoacoustic tomography and Monte Carlo modeling of photon transport in biological tissues and for leadership in the international biophotonics community.

William F. Meggers Award
Recipient: Steven T. Cundiff, JILA, NIST and the University of Colorado, USA

The William F. Meggers Award recognizes outstanding work in spectroscopy. Steven T. Cundiff is being recognized 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.

David Richardson Medal
Recipient: Ishwar Aggarwal and Jas Sanghera, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

The David Richardson Medal recognizes contributions to optical engineering. This year, Ishwar Aggarwal and Jas Sanghera are being awarded for their pioneering work leading to the development of infrared fiber and transparent ceramics.

Charles Hard Townes Award
Recipient: Wilson Sibbett, University of St. Andrews, UK

The Charles Hard Townes Award is given for contributions to quantum electronics. Wilson Sibbett is being awarded for his pioneering breakthroughs in the science and technology of ultrashort optical pulses including generation, measurement and the development of practical sources for applications in photophysics, photochemistry, photomedicine, engineering, and communications.

John Tyndall Award
Recipient: David F. Welch, Infinera, USA

The John Tyndall Award recognizes contributions to fiber optic technology and is co-sponsored with the IEEE Photonics Society. David F. Welch is being recognized for his seminal contributions to photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and semiconductor lasers deployed in fiber optic communication systems around the world.

Herbert Walther Award
Recipient: Marlan O. Scully, Texas A&M and Princeton Universities, USA

The Herbert Walther Award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics, as well as leadership in the international scientific community. It is co-sponsored with the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. This year, Marlan O. Scully is being recognized 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.

R. W. Wood Prize
Recipient: Demetrios N. Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, USA

The R. W. Wood Prize is given for is given for an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention. Demetrios N. Christodoulides is being given the award for contributions in nonlinear and linear beam optics, which initiated new areas, among them the discovery of optical discrete solitons, Bragg and vector solitons in fibers, nonlinear surface waves, and the discovery of self-accelerating optical (Airy) beams.

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