OSA is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our community. We regret that we were unable to honor these accomplishments in-person during CLEO.
Please join us in congratulating these honorees being recognized during the CLEO Virtual Plenary.
Charles Hard Townes Medal
Named in honor of Charles Hard Townes, whose pioneering contributions to masers and lasers led to the development of the field of quantum electronics, this award recognizes outstanding experimental or theoretical work, discovery or invention in the field of quantum electronics.
Mikhail Lukin earned his M.Sc. degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, USA. Following postdoctoral work, he became an assistant professor of physics at Harvard University in 2001. Today, he is the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard, Co-Director of the Harvard Quantum Initiative in Science and Engineering, and Co-Director of the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms.
Lukin is best known for his work in the area of quantum optical science and its applications. His early work in atomic physics on electromagnetically-induced-transparency led to several seminal results detailing the interaction of atomic ensembles with light. In the past decade, Lukin and his group have developed and demonstrated optical systems that are nonlinear at a single photon level, achieving a four decade-long goal in the field of nonlinear optics. His current research includes quantum manipulation of atomic and nanoscale solid-state systems, quantum many-body physics and applications to quantum metrology and quantum information processing, including realization of quantum computers and quantum networks.
He is the recipient of OSA’s Adolph Lomb Award, National Science Foundation Career Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science Newcomb Cleveland Prize, I.I. Rabi Prize of the American Physical Society, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, the Willis Lamb Award for Quantum Optics and Laser Science, and the George Gamow Award. He is a Fellow of OSA, American Physical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Recognizing OSA members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business leadership and society. View a complete list of 2021 Fellows.