CLEO/Europe - EQEC Honorees
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/Europe - EQEC and the World of Photonics Congress.
Please join us in congratulating these honorees being recognized during the virtual events.
Herbert Walther Award
Named in honor of Prof. Herbert Walther, who made ground-breaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics, the award recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.
Schleich received a Diplom Physik and Ph.D. in Physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Mün-chen, Germany. During his Ph.D. work, he studied for a year with Dr. Marlan O. Scully in the United States. He became a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Theoretical Physics in Austin, Texas, USA upon completion of his Ph.D. In 1989, he received the Dr. rer. nat. habil. at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. Before joining the Universitat Ulm in 1991, he worked with Herbert Walther at the Max- Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik. In 2019 he established the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Quantum Technologies, which pursues fundamental precision measurements with cold atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates, and atom interferometers in micro-gravity. He leads this center as Acting Director.
Schleich is a theoretical physicist with a 40 year career of demonstrated leadership and groundbreaking research. He is most well-known for providing the theoretical support for the Bose-Einstein conden-sate on a chip sounding rocket experiments.
He is active in the community, serving as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and funding agencies, as a member and participant in his professional societies, and as an editor and speaker. He is organizer or co-organizer of 35 international conferences on quantum optics. His many awards include the Personal Medal of the Cardinal of Duka, the Archbishop of Prague; the Equal Opportunity Award of Ulm University; the Medal of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of Czech Technical University; the Willis E. Lamb Award and others. He is a Fellow of OSA, the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and the European Op-tical Society; an elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea; and an Honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Polzik, a U.S. citizen, received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Leningrad (Saint Petersburg State) University, Russia. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he became an associate professor of physics at the Mining Institute in Leningrad. Since then, he has held a number of positions at the California Institute of Technology, US.; the University of Aarhus, Denmark; the Institute Henri Poincare, France; and the Institute for Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a professor of physics at the Niels Bohr Institute at Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark.
Polzik is an experimental quantum physicist who has made groundbreaking contributions within quantum optics with an emphasis on quantum state engineering and control of light and matter. He has published more than 160 papers in refereed journals and given over 150 plenary and invited talks. His research has helped to lead the development of quantum optics throughout Europe, which includes his leadership of the “Quantum Information Processing and Communication in Europe (QUROPE)” project from 2006-2009. In Denmark, he established the first quantum-optics lab, and later the Danish Center for Quantum Optics (QUANTOP) at the University of Copenhagen.
He has received many awards for his work, including the Danish Physical Society Prize, the Scientific American Research Leadership Award, the Gordon Moore Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Danish Academic Association Research Prize in Natural Sciences. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Physics, and a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
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.