Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize

Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize

Frederic Ives MedalRecognizing overall distinction in optics, the Frederic Ives Medal is the highest award of the Society. It was endowed in 1928 by Herbert E. Ives, a distinguished charter member and OSA President, 1924 and 1925, to honor his father who was noted as the inventor of modern photoengraving and for his pioneering contributions to color photography, three-color process printing, and other branches of applied optics. The prize is funded by the Jarus W. Quinn Ives Medal Endowment raised by members at the time of Quinn's retirement in recognition of his 25 years of service as OSA's first Executive Director.

View the current Frederic Ives Medal/Quinn Prize Selection Committee.


- Rod C Alferness [Citation]

For basic contributions and leadership in the development of integrated optics, high-speed optical modulation and switching, and configurable WDM networks that have provided significant economic and societal impact

- Margaret M. Murnane [Citation]

For pioneering and sustained contributions to ultrafast science ranging from femtosecond lasers to soft x-ray high-harmonic generation to attosecond studies of atoms, molecules and surfaces

- Gérard A Mourou [Citation]

For numerous pioneering contributions to the development of ultrafast and ultrahigh intensity laser science and for outstanding leadership of the international and commercial communities impacted by these technologies.

- James G Fujimoto [Citation]

For pioneering the field of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and for leading the field to widespread medical application and major commercial impact

- Paul B Corkum [Citation]

For outstanding contributions to the foundation of the fields of attosecond science, high-harmonic spectroscopy and molecular optics

- Alain Aspect [Citation]

For carrying out pioneering research on photons and atoms shedding light on the most intriguing quantum phenomena and prompting the development of the new field of quantum information

- Marlan O. Scully [Citation]

For lifetime leadership in groundbreaking research on all aspects of quantum optics including the quantum theory of the laser, quantum coherence effects, quantum thermodynamics and the foundations of quantum mechanics

- Ivan P. Kaminow [Citation]

For pioneering research in high-speed modulators, ridge waveguide lasers and wavelength-division-multiplexed optical networks, and each has had a profound impact on modern communication systems

- Joseph H Eberly [Citation]

For many important research contributions to quantum optics and optical physics, his leadership as a teacher and educator, and his tireless and visionary service to the optics community

- Robert L. Byer [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to optical science and the commercial development of optical technologies and for wide-ranging leadership activities within the optics community

- Peter L Knight [Citation]

For his immense contribution to optics through pioneering research in quantum optics and by his unique combination of educational, organization and leadership skills

- Daniel Kleppner [Citation]

For sustained innovation, discovery and leadership in the interaction of radiation with atoms and for his service and general educational activities

- Erich P. Ippen [Citation]

For laying the foundations of ultrafast science and engineering and providing vision and sustained leadership to the optics community

- Theodor W. Haensch [Citation]

For seminal contributions and landmark advances in optical science and atomic physics, including narrow-band dye lasers, Doppler-free laser spectroscopy, laser cooling of atomic gases, precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, frequency metrology with optical combs, and new physics with cold atoms in optical lattices

- David J. Wineland [Citation]

For development of laser-manipulated quantum engineering at the single-atom level and application of these methods to quantum logic systems, atomic frequency standards, and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics

- Herbert Walther [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to quantum optics, including the development of the micromaser and the demonstration of Wigner crystallization of laser-cooled ions

- James Gordon [Citation]

For numerous seminal contributions and fundamental insights into quantum electronics, including construction of the first maser, the concept of confocal laser resonators, optical solitons, and quantum effects in communications systems

- Nick Holonyak, Jr. [Citation]

For pioneering work in the field of semiconductor lasers and LEDs

- Alexander Prokhorov [Citation]

For his distinguished contributions and monumental role over the past 45 years in creating and developing quantum electronics

- Stephen E Harris [Citation]

For pioneering work in nonlinear optics, XUV lasers and laser spectroscopy, from electromagnetically induced transparency and lasing without inversion to nonlinear optics at maximal coherence

- Arthur Ashkin [Citation]

For his pioneering work on the manipulation of particles with light, including the invention of the "optical tweezers" trap and his studies of radiation forces on atoms and for important contributions to nonlinear optics

- Tingye Li [Citation]

For his leadership and contributions to lightwave science and technology, ranging from fundamental studies of modes in laser resonators to remarkable implementations of advanced optical communications systems

- Charles H. Townes [Citation]

For five decades of major contributions to the field of optics, including research, education and administration, but especially for his inspiring creativity in optical physics, from quantum electronics to airborne infrared astronomy

- Robert M. Boynton [Citation]

To recognize fundamental contributions to the understanding of human color vision, and for leadership in teaching and in service to the vision community

- Hermann A. Haus [Citation]

For his fundamental and seminal contribution to the understanding of quantum noise in optical systems and for a lifetime of dedication to science and engineering education

- Leonard Mandel [Citation]

In recognition of his contributions to coherence theory and to the fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and the nature of the photon

- Robert W. Terhune [Citation]

In recognition of his many pioneering contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, as well as his service to the optics community

- John L. Hall [Citation]

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to laser frequency stabilization, innovations in high resolution laser spectroscopy, and high accuracy tests of fundamental physical laws.

- Joseph W. Goodman [Citation]

For his outstanding technical contributions to the field of coherent optics and for his equally important and continuing contributions to modern optics education and to scientific communication

- Chandra Kumar N. Patel [Citation]

In recognition of his illustrious career in optics and materials sciences and his exemplary service in scientific management.

- Anthony J. DeMaria [Citation]

For outstanding contributions to the field of optics and quantum electronics, particularly the first demonstration of optical picosecond pulses using mode-locked lasers, and pioneering contributions to the application of lasers in industry and scientific research

- Anthony E. Siegman [Citation]

For contribution to the field of quantum electronics, particularly research on unstable resonators and mode-locked lasers, as well as contributions to the education of a generation of optical scientists

- Amnon Yariv [Citation]

For his numerous pioneering contributions to lasers, optoelectronics, and phase conjugate optics

- Emmett N. Leith [Citation]

For contributions to modern holography, information processing, and electromagnetics

- Herwig Kogelnik [Citation]

For pioneering contributions to holography, lasers, and integrated optics

- Boris P. Stoicheff [Citation]

For his contributions to high resolution Raman spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and the applications of nonlinear optics to atomic and molecular spectroscopy

- Lorrin A. Riggs [Citation]

In recognition of a lifetime of pioneering in electrophysiological, psychophysical, and other studies of the visual process; his years of public service in the field of vision; and his genius for inspiring generations of students to create their own distinguished careers in vision.

- G. Hass [Citation]

In recognition of his contributions to the understanding of the structure and behavior of evaporated thin films and the application of these films to reflective and anti-reflective coatings for both the visible and the ultraviolet spectral regions.

- Aden B. Meinel [Citation]

For his contributions to thermal solar energy, analysis of the principles of coherently combined, independent telescopes, and the leadership he has given to several major optical and astronomical research centers

- Nicolaas Bloembergen [Citation]

In recognition of his achievement in establishing the theoretical framework of nonlinear optics, his sustained innovative contributions to the exploration of all aspects in the field of nonlinear optical phenomena, and his successes in the role of teacher and interpreter of science

- Harold H. Hopkins [Citation]

In recognition of his many unique contributions to the field of optics, including aberration theory, optical design, image evaluation, coherence theory, interferometry, and fiber optics.

- Emil Wolf [Citation]

For his many contributions to our understanding of electromagnetic theory and physical optics, particularly for his work in diffraction and the theory of partial coherence, and for his contributions to the tutorial literature as author and editor

- Arthur L. Schawlow [Citation]

In recognition of his pioneering role in the invention of the laser, his continuing originality in the refinement of coherent optical sources, his productive vision in the application of optics to science and technology, his distinguished service to optics education and to the optics community, and his innovative contributions to the public understanding of optical science.

- Ali Javan No citation available

- David L. MacAdam No citation available

- Rudolf Kingslake No citation available

- R. Clark Jones No citation available

- A. Francis Turner No citation available

- Robert E. Hopkins No citation available

- David H. Rank No citation available

- Edward U. Condon No citation available

- Edwin H. Land No citation available

- George Wald No citation available

- James G. Baker No citation available

- Gerhard Herzberg No citation available

- Ralph A. Sawyer No citation available

- Max Herzberger No citation available

- Seibert Q. Duntley No citation available

- Richard Tousey No citation available

- W.E.K. Middleton No citation available

- Deane B. Judd No citation available

- Arthur C. Hardy No citation available

- John Donovan Strong No citation available

- Edward O. Hulburt No citation available

- Irving C. Gardner No citation available

- Harrison M. Randall No citation available

- Ira S. Bowen No citation available

- Brian O'Brien No citation available

- George R. Harrison No citation available

- William F. Meggers No citation available

- W. W. Coblentz No citation available

- Loyd A. Jones No citation available

- Selig Hecht No citation available

- A. H. Pfund No citation available

- Herbert E. Ives No citation available

- George E. Hale No citation available

- R. W. Wood No citation available

- Theodore Lyman No citation available

- Edward L. Nichols No citation available