27 February 2019

The Optical Society Names Bahram Javidi 2019 C.E.K. Mees Medal Recipient

Honoree has pioneered multidisciplinary contributions to information optics for diverse applications

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, U.S.A., the 2019 C.E.K. Mees Medal recipient. Javidi is honored for pioneering multidisciplinary contributions to information-optics with diverse applications in bio-photonics, 3-D imaging and displays, photon-counting imaging and cyber-physical security.


“The work of Bahram Javidi truly captures the spirit of the Mees Medal, recognizing his application of optics and photonics to diverse fields,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “He has pioneered a broad range of transformative imaging approaches.”

Javidi is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at University of Connecticut, U.S.A. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, EOS, SPIE, IoP, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has received the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, European Physical Society Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize for Applied Aspects, IEEE Donald Fink Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Prize, SPIE Technology Achievement Award, SPIE Dennis Gabor Award, and IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Javidi’s interests cover a range of imaging approaches using optics and photonics, and he has made seminal contributions to passive and active multidimensional imaging from nano- to micro- and macroscales.  His research activities include 3-D visualization and recognition of objects in photon-starved environments using passive imaging; automated disease identification using biophotonics with low cost compact sensors for use in developing countries; information security using quantum imaging; 3-D image sensing and bio-inspired imaging.            

Established in 1961, the C.E.K. Mees Medal recognizes an original use of optics across multiple fields. It honors the memory of Mees who contributed preeminently to the development of scientific photography, and was a charter member of OSA. The medal was endowed by the Mees family.

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