The Optical Society Names Govind P. Agrawal 2019 Max Born Award Recipient

15 February 2019

The Optical Society Names Govind P. Agrawal 2019 Max Born Award Recipient

Researcher honored for distinguished contributions to physical optics for more than 40 years

WASHINGTON —The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Govind P. Agrawal, University of Rochester, U.S.A., as the 2019 recipient of the Max Born Award. Agrawal is honored for sustained distinguished contributions to physical optics through innovative research on lasers, fiber-optical communications and nonlinear optics.


“Dr. Agrawal’s seminal contributions in many areas of physical optics, coupled with his scholarly books, absolutely deserve recognition with the Max Born Award,” said OSA President Ursula Gibson. “This honor reflects Agrawal’s decades of distinguished scientific achievement.”

Agrawal is James C. Wyant Professor of Optics at the Institute of Optics of University of Rochester, U.S.A.  He is an author or coauthor of more than 450 research papers and eight books. His books on nonlinear fiber optics and fiber-optic communication systems are used worldwide for research and teaching. Since 2014, he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Optics and Photonics. Agrawal is a Fellow of both IEEE and OSA. In 2012, IEEE Photonics Society honored him with its Quantum Electronics Award. He is also a recipient OSA’s Esther Hoffman Beller Medal (2015).

His research interests have varied over a wide range over the last 40 years.  During his time at Bell Laboratories, he made numerous contributions to the field of semiconductor lasers and coauthored a book on the topic in 1986 with N. K. Dutta. In 1989, Agrawal published his second book “Nonlinear Fiber Optics” that has proven to be a classic, has undergone five editions, and has been cited more than 23,000 times. After 2005, Agrawal's interests shifted to a new area known as silicon photonics. In 2007, he published a review on this topic in Optics Express that has been cited close to 800 times. More recently, he has been publishing in the areas of space-time duality and multimode nonlinear optics.

Established in 1982, the Max Born Award recognizes outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental. It honors Max Born, who made distinguished contributions to physics in general and optics in particular. It is endowed by the United Technologies Research Center, Physical Optics Corporation, and individuals including Joseph Goodman.

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