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James P. Gordon Memorial Speakership Program

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  • Program Prize:

    US$1,500 Honorarium

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Present on quantum information and optics at CLEO.



Established in 2014 with the support of the Gordon family, The James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment funds a speakership on Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to a CLEO invited speaker. This speakership pays tribute to Jim's numerous high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the demonstration of the maser. A maximum of one (1) recipient will receive a US$1,500 honorarium and their presentation will be recorded and archived in our media library. This speakership is endowed by The Gordon family, and supporters of the James P. Gordon Memorial Fund, and is administered by the foundation.


How to Apply:

Applications will open in 2021.

Application Dates:

The submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular paper submission process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site.
Paper Submission Deadline: 02 December 2021

Applicants Must:

  • Be an invited speaker at the CLEO conference.
  • Have a presentation related to Quantum Information and/or Quantum Optics.
  • Demonstrated high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics.
  • Attend and present at CLEO.
  • Be recommended by a CLEO Program Chair for consideration.
  • Agree to let the foundation record their on-site presentation and provide it at no charge through our online media library as well as use their picture, name and story in program marketing opportunities.

The Application will Include:

  • CLEO Program Chairs will nominate a maximum of two invited speakers who fulfil the criteria for eligibility.
  • CLEO General Chairs will review all recommendations and select a maximum of one (1) speakership recipient.
  • The CLEO General Chairs recommendation is reviewed by The Foundation for final approval.

Learn more about submitting a paper to CLEO.


Selection Committee:

The winner is selected by the CLEO conference chairs.


2021 Recipient:

2021 Gordon Speakership Recipient Chaoyang Lu

Chao-Yang Lu, University of Science and Technology of China

Obtained Bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2004, and PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2011. Since 2011, he is a Professor of Physics at USTC. His current research interest includes quantum computation, solid-state quantum photonics, multiparticle entanglement, quantum teleportation, superconducting circuits, and atomic arrays.


Past Recipients:

  • Jelena Vuckovic, QFarm, Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative Stanford (2020)
  • Mark Kasevich, Stanford University, US (2019) 
  • Mikhail Lukin, Harvard Univ., USA (2018)
  • Paul Kwiat, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2017) 
  •  H. Jeff Kimble, California Inst of Technology, USA (2016) 
  •  Jean-Michel Raimond, Universite Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, France  (2015) 


View Past Winners