17 August 2018

The Optical Society Names the 2018 William F. Meggers Award Recipient

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Warren S. Warren, Duke University, USA, the 2018 William F. Meggers Award recipient. Dr. Warren is recognized for pioneering contributions in the fundamental science of optical and spin coherence and their synergistic applications in optical spectroscopy/microscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy/imaging through the development of pulse-shaping techniques.

The award, endowed by the Meggers family and others, including a number of optical manufacturers, honors Meggers’ notable contributions to the field of spectroscopy and metrology. Award recipients are recognized for outstanding work in spectroscopy.

Dr. Warren's research interests and 300 publications reflect advances in fundamental physics and technology, with applications ranging from molecular spectroscopy to imaging in extremely complex systems (such as human tissue or a Renaissance painting). The Meggers Award recognizes his developments of coherent laser spectroscopy, including femtosecond laser pulse shaping and phase-controlled pulse sequence generation, as the approaches evolved from nanosecond to femtosecond time resolution. It also identifies the connections and synergies he created with magnetic resonance experiments.
Currently the chair of the Physics Department at Duke University, Dr. Warren is also the James B. Duke Professor of Physics, Chemistry, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering; and director of the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging.  He received OSA’s C.E.K. Mees Medal in 2015, and has also received awards from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Physical Society, and the American Chemical Society.
“Dr. Warren’s design and application of novel pulsed techniques in the study of optical and spin coherence richly deserve recognition with the Meggers Medal,” says Award Selection Committee Chair, Munira Khalil, University of Washington, USA.

“Through his work, Dr. Warren has enabled the development of ultrafast laser spectroscopy. His efforts supported fundamental advances and new applications and technologies for many areas of vital scientific research and daily life,” says OSA President Ian Walmsley, who is the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at University of Oxford, UK.
About The Optical Society
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