James P. Gordon Memorial Speakership Program

Established in 2014 with the support of the Gordon family, The James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment will fund a speakership on Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to a CLEO invited speaker. This speakership will pay tribute to Dr. Gordon for his numerous high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the demonstration of the maser.

A maximum of one (1) recipient will receive a $1,500 honorarium and their presentation will be recorded and archived in OSA's media library. The contents will serve as an educational resource for the next generation of optics and photonics leaders.

This speakership is endowed by The Gordon family, and supporters of the James P. Gordon Memorial Fund, and is administered by The OSA Foundation.

Criteria for Eligibility

  1. Individual must be an invited speaker at the CLEO conference.
  2. Presentation must be related to Quantum Information and/or Quantum Optics.
  3. Candidates work has demonstrated high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics.
  4. Candidate must attend and present at CLEO.
  5. Candidate must be recommended by a CLEO Program Chair for consideration.
  6. Individual must agree to let OSAF record their on-site presentation and provide it at no charge through OSA’s online media library as well as use their picture, name and story in program marketing opportunities.

Application/Selection Process

  1. CLEO Program Chairs will nominate a maximum of two invited speakers who fulfil the criteria for eligibility.
  2. CLEO General Chairs will review all recommendations and select a maximum of one (1) speakership recipient.
  3. The CLEO General Chairs recommendation is reviewed by The OSA Foundation for final approval.
  4. The OSA Foundation will notify recipient of their prize.
  5. The recipient will receive a $1,500 honorarium following their presentation at CLEO.
This program would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Our sincerest appreciation for helping support the leaders of tomorrow. 

2019- Mark Kasevich, Stanford University, US  

2018 - Mikhail Lukin, Harvard Univ., USA

2017 - Paul Kwiat, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

2016 - H. Jeff Kimble, California Inst of Technology, USA

2015 - Jean-Michel Raimond, Universite Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, France