OSA is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our community. We regret that we were unable to honor these accomplishments in-person during OFC.
Please join us in congratulating these honorees being recognized during the OFC Virtual Plenary.
John Tyndall Award
Named in honor of John Tyndall, who made distinguished contributions to physics, particularly his demonstration of total internal reflection in a continuous stream of water, the award recognizes outstanding contributions in any area of optical-fiber technology, including optical fibers themselves, the optical components used in fiber systems, as well as transmission systems and networks using fibers.
Lipson received her Ph.D. in Physics from The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Following a Postdoctoral position in the Material Science Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, USA and was named the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2015, she joined Columbia University, USA.
Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of silicon photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. In 2004, she showed the ability to tailor the electro-optic properties of silicon which led to the explosion of silicon photonics research and development. Today more than one thousand papers published yearly involve devices and circuits based on Lipson’s original modulators, or based on other silicon photonics devices demonstrated by her group including slot waveguides and inverse tapers. The growth of the field of silicon photonics has also been evident in industry with an increasing number of companies developing silicon photonics products (IBM and Intel, HP Aurrion, Melannox, Apic, Luxtera, etc).
Lipson’s work has been cited in top high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Nanoletters, Lab on a Chip, Physical Review Letters and the Journal of Lightwave Technologies. Her papers (over 250 refereed journal publications) have been cited more than 40,000 times and she is the inventor of over 45 issued patents. She has delivered hundreds of invited, keynote and plenary lectures in all the major conferences in optics and related fields. In recognition of her work in silicon photonics she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Science (NAS). She has also been awarded the NAS Comstock Prize in Physics, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Blavatnik Award, the Optical Society’s R. W. Wood Prize, the IEEE Photonics Award, Erna Hamburger Award and has received an honorary degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. In 2020, she was elected OSA 2021 Vice President and will serve as the Society President in 2023.
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.