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Emmett N. Leith Medal

Emmett N. Leith Medal

Recognizes seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing. In assessing the significance of the contribution, consideration is given to all aspects including theoretical and conceptual breakthroughs as well as practical applications. Optical information processing is broadly conceived to include sensing and analog signal processing as well as computing (classical and quantum) and optical storage.

The medal was established in 2006 to honor Emmett N. Leith, a world-renowned scientist in holography and optical information processing. It is endowed by General Dynamics, the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Physical Optics Corporation and individual contributors, including Alexander Sawchuk, Joseph Goodman, James R. Fienup, G. Michael Morris, Tom Cathey and James Wyant.


2020 - Mitsuo Takeda [Citation]

For contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography through the inventions of Fourier fringe analysis and coherence holography

2019 - Wolfgang Osten [Citation]

For extending the limits of optical metrology by integrating digital image processing with modern optical measurement techniques

2018 - Asher Albert Friesem [Citation]

For pioneering, seminal and wide ranging contributions to coherent optics, particularly the developments of new techniques and procedures in holographic applications and optical information processing

2017 - Jumpei Tsujiuchi [Citation]

For early pioneering work in optical information processing, holography and optical metrology, including the first demonstration of coherent optical processing for image restoration

2016 - Francis T. S Yu [Citation]

For his life-long important contributions to holography, white-light holography, partially coherent signal processing, optical correlators, and information optics

2015 - Yeshaiahu Fainman [Citation]

For extension of Fourier optics methods to the femtosecond and nanometer regimes

2014 - Adam Kozma [Citation]

For seminal contributions to optical information processing of radar data and holographic memories

2013 - James R Fienup [Citation]

For the integration of optics and digital systems as demonstrated in pioneering contributions to phase retrieval, image restoration, wavefront sensing and computational imaging

2012 - Demetri Psaltis [Citation]

For seminal contributions to holographic storage and optical information processing

2011 - Jean-Pierre Huignard [Citation]

For seminal contributions to the field of spatial light modulators and analog optical signal processing

2010 - Juris Upatnieks [Citation]

For his pioneering and seminal contributions to the development of practical holography and its applications, including the co-invention (with Emmett Leith) of the off-axis hologram, the development of compact optical correlators and the introduction of edge-illuminated holograms

2009 - Joseph W Goodman [Citation]

For pioneering research and education in optical information processing, holography and statistical optics, particularly for work on the statistical properties of speckle and optical interconnections

2008 - Adolf W Lohmann [Citation]

For seminal contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography

Mitsuo Takeda