OSA is proud to honor and celebrate outstanding contributions to science, research, engineering, education, industry and society.
[Courtesy of F. Capasso]
Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize
The highest award conferred by OSA, for overall distinction in optics
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA
For seminal and wide-ranging contributions to optical physics, quantum electronics and nanophotonics
Federico Capasso received his Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Rome, Italy. After researching fiber optics at Fondazione Bordoni, Italy, he joined Bell Labs, USA. In addition to his research activity, Capasso held several management positions at Bell Labs including head of the Quantum Phenomena and Device Research Department and the Semiconductor Physics Research Department and vice president of Physical Research. He joined Harvard University in 2003.
Capasso has made major contributions to the study of quantum electrodynamical forces known as Casimir forces. He used the Casimir effect (the attraction between metal surfaces in vacuum due to its zero-point energy) to control the motion of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). He demonstrated novel devices (Casimir actuators and oscillators), setting limits to the scaling of MEMS technology, and with his collaborators Jeremy Munday and Adrian Parsegian was the first to measure a repulsive Casimir force.
His current research in quantum electronics deals with very-high-power continuous-wave quantum cascade lasers; with the design of new light sources based on giant optical nonlinearities in quantum wells, such as widely tunable sources of terahertz radiation based on difference-frequency generation; and with plasmonics. His group has demonstrated a new class of optical antennas and plasmonic collimators that they have used to design the near-field and far-field of semiconductor lasers, achieving ultrahigh-intensity, deep-subwavelength-size laser spots, laser beams with greatly reduced divergence and multibeam lasers. The group has also showed that suitably designed plasmonic interfaces consisting of optically thin arrays of optical nanoantennas lead to a powerful generalization of the centuries-old laws of reflection and refraction. They form the basis of “flat optics” based on metasurfaces.
Capasso is a Fellow of numerous societies including OSA, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, IEEE, the Institute of Physics and SPIE. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Academia Europaea and Accademia dei Lincei. His many awards and honors include OSA’s R.W. Wood Prize, the Humboldt Research Award, the Guglelmo Marconi Science Award, the Matteucci Medal, the Prize for Applied Aspects of Quantum Electronics and Optics, the Rumford Prize, the Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science and the SPIE Gold Medal.
Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
In recognition of outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering
Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), USA
For outstanding leadership in photonics technician education, including the development and dissemination of innovative educational materials
Nicholas Massa received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, USA. Currently, he is professor and department chair of the Optics and Photonics Technology Department at STCC. He is a Fellow of OSA.
In addition to his role at STCC, he has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than a dozen grant-funded projects to develop curriculum materials, write technician skill standards and create novel pedagogies that have been disseminated through global conference workshops. He has educated nearly 600 technicians for the photonics industry and continues to grow and improve his program at STCC.
Massa is the coauthor of LIGHT–Introduction to Optics and Photonics, which fills a need for textbooks at the technician level. More than 300 secondary and post-secondary educators have received training and assistance through his professional-development workshops on photonics and student-centered technician education, impacting tens of thousands of students. He has served on the OSA Membership, Education and Services Committee and has been the faculty advisor of the STCC OSA Student Chapter since its inception in 2011.
Max Born Award
In recognition of contributions to physical optics
Lund University, Sweden
For pioneering work in ultrafast laser science and attosecond physics, realizing and understanding high-harmonic generation and applying it to time-resolved imaging of electron motion in atoms and molecules
Anne L’Huillier, the first woman to win the Max Born Award, received her Ph.D. from Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France. She held a permanent research position at CEA before joining Lund University, where she is currently a professor in atomic physics. She is a Fellow of OSA and the American Physical Society and an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Science.
L’Huillier is one of the pioneers in the research fields of high-harmonic generation and attosecond science. In 1988, she participated in one of the first experimental demonstrations of the highly nonlinear process of high-order generation. She contributed to the theoretical understanding of these processes, including the strong-field atomic response and propagation in the nonlinear medium. She was also one of the first researchers to see the potential to use the extreme ultraviolet pulses that are generated through high-harmonic generation to produce even shorter pulses.
L’Huillier’s recent work using attosecond pulses has been focused on the fundamental process of photo-ionization. Using attosecond pulses, she has demonstrated that it is possible to probe the associated time delay in the photo-ionization process in many different systems.
Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
In recognition of outstanding service to OSA
Anthony M. Johnson
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA
For decades of principled leadership and steadfast service to The Optical Society and to the optics community, and especially for serving as a tireless ambassador for OSA
Anthony M. Johnson received his Ph.D. from City College of New York, USA. After spending 14 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA, Johnson served as chairperson and distinguished professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. His is currently director of the Center for Advanced Study in Photonics Research and professor in the departments of Physics and Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the UMBC. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, IEEE and the National Society of Black Physicists.
Johnson has served in numerous leadership roles for OSA, including director-at-large on OSA’s Board of Directors, chair of the Women & Minorities Committee and chair of the Awards Council. He was the 2002 OSA President and remains active with OSA. He currently sits on the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) and serves as a member of the OSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Rapid Action Committee (DEI RAC). In addition to his service to OSA, Johnson is an active leader in the National Society of Black Physicists, the American Physical Society and IEEE, and he supported the African Laser Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Network by establishing the African Optics and Photonics Society.
Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award
In recognition of innovative and influential contributions to the field of biophotonics, regardless of career stage
University of Pennsylvania, USA
For pioneering research on optical sensing in scattering media, especially diffuse optical and correlation spectroscopy and tomography, and for advancing the field of biophotonics through mentorship
Arjun Yodh received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, USA. He completed postdoctoral research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA, and is currently the James M. Skinner Professor of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Physical Society.
Yodh is a pioneer in the field of biophotonics, recognized for his work and contributions to developing the theoretical framework and clinical translation of diffuse optical spectroscopy and tomography technologies. He and his group were among the first to predict and experimentally demonstrate wavelike propagation properties of diffuse photon density wave and to develop the image reconstruction algorithms needed to generate 3D tomographic images based on diffuse optical and diffuse correlation measurements.
His more recent work includes demonstrating and clinically translating concepts in light diffusion for noninvasive imaging and monitoring of tissue blood flow, hemodynamics, metabolic responses and therapeutics in cancer and the brain. He holds ten patents and has published over 350 journal articles. Yodh is also a dedicated mentor, advising more than 100 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates.
Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
In recognition of significant research accomplishments in the field of optical engineering
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
For significant contributions to the field of optical super-resolution including the invention of many novel concepts bypassing Abbe’s limits of diffraction and the geometric limits set by the sensor
Zeev Zalevsky received his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. He is currently a full professor in the faculty of engineering at Bar-Ilan University. In addition, he is the director of the Nano-Photonics Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American National Academy of Inventors, the European Optical Society, IEEE, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, the Society for Imaging of Science & Technology and SPIE.
Zalevsky has made many important contributions to the field of optical super-resolution. He formulated early basic concepts of optical super-resolution and presented ideas that can be traced to many of the super-resolving imaging methods used today in microscopy, such as NSOM, structured-light imaging, localization microscopy and others. He has introduced basic concepts involving time, field of view, wavelength, polarization and coherence multiplexing for bypassing diffraction-limited resolution limitations. His work is published widely, and many of his inventions and patents have been commercialized into startup companies, benefiting not only academia but industry as well.
Nick Holonyak Jr. Award
In recognition of contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications
Martin D. Dawson
University of Strathclyde and Fraunhofer, UK
For wide-ranging contributions to the development and application of III-V semiconductor devices especially including gallium nitride micro-LEDs and optically-pumped semiconductor lasers
Martin D. Dawson received his Ph.D. in laser physics from Imperial College London, UK. He is director of research in the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics, which he helped establish 20 years ago, and was appointed inaugural head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Dawson is a pioneer and visionary in both the development and application of GaN-based micro-LED technology. He introduced and has pursued the novel vision of GaN micro-LEDs for micro-display, communications and instrumentation applications, recognizing quickly the benefits of interfacing this technology to custom-designed CMOS electronics and its compatibility with APDs and single-photon detectors. In 2009, he founded the micro-LED company m-LED Ltd., and sold it in 2016 to Facebook/Oculus. He is also known for his work with VCSELs and has transferred many of his VCSEL technologies to industry.
Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award
In recognition of significant impact on the field of optics or a significant contribution to society
Institut d’Optique, France
For outstanding support and promotion of optics throughout Europe, and exceptional leadership in institutions and scientific societies such as OSA, SPIE, ICO, EOS and SFO
Pierre Chavel received his D.Sc. in physics from the Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. Since 1972, he has been a research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and is the director of Laboratoire Charles Fabry, a joint research facility of CNRS and Institut d’Optique. He is a Fellow of OSA, the European Optical Society and SPIE.
Chavel’s contribution to optics stems from his exceptional record of service. It is due to his efforts that the Société Française d’Optique (SFO) was founded in 1983 and subsequently developed under his term as secretary and treasurer. He also contributed to the development of the European Optical Society (EOS) and was one of its first members. Further, he served 12 years as secretary general of the International Commission for Optics (ICO). Under his guidance, the number of member countries grew from 38 to 51.
Chavel has been active in OSA, serving in many volunteer roles including on the OSA Board of Directors, the OSA Foundation Board, Strategic Planning Council, Public Policy Council and more. In addition to his years of service to the field, he is an established researcher, with over 120 articles in refereed journals and 12 patents, and he has edited or co-edited several books.
Edwin Land Medal
In recognition of pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and products (presented with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology)
Joseph A. Izatt
Duke University, USA
For foundational contributions to the invention, development and commercialization of optical coherence–based technologies for in vivo biomedical imaging, and for the education and mentoring of distinguished scientists and engineers
Joseph A. Izatt received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Following postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, he held positions at University Hospitals of Cleveland, USA, and Case Western Reserve University, USA, and co-founded Bioptigen. He is currently the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering. He is a highly cited author and holds over 75 U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors and SPIE.
Izatt has made fundamental contributions to many coherence-based optical imaging technologies, especially optical coherence tomography (OCT). His accomplishments include playing an integral role in the initial development of retinal OCT, anterior-segment OCT, endoscopic OCT, OCT image processing and segmentation, intrasurgical OCT and OCT-guided robotic ophthalmic surgery. His group also pioneered the combination of OCT and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy in a compact hand-held format, demonstrating the first in vivo imaging of photoreceptors in neonatal infant eyes.
Izatt is a successful entrepreneur. He serves as a mentor and educator to a diverse group of students and collaborates with engineers, scientists and clinicians in academia and industry.
Emmett N. Leith Medal
In recognition of seminal contributions to the field of optical information processing
University of Connecticut, USA
For exceptional innovation and transformative technological impact on the field of information optics, including pioneering contributions to digital holography for life sciences, information security, optical sensing, and processing of photon-starved scenes
Bahram Javidi received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, USA. He has held visiting positions at Michigan State University, USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Hanscom Air Force Base, USA. He is currently the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. He is Fellow of OSA, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the European Optical Society, IEEE, Imaging Science and Technology, the Institute of Physics and SPIE. He received OSA’s C.E.K Mees Medal in 2019 and its Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize in 2018.
Javidi’s impact has been felt on a range of technologies related to information optics, digital holography and optical imaging. He is a pioneer in the field of dynamic 3D integral imaging and has contributed a number of breakthroughs in the field.
Javidi has substantially advanced the field of modern 3D integral imaging, and has made extraordinary contributions to the field of biophotonic sensors for automated disease identification using digital holography. His work has gained support from the U.S. Department of Defense as well as a number of companies including Nikon, Lockheed Martin, Samsung and Honeywell.
Ellis R. Lippincott Award
In recognition of contributions to vibrational spectroscopy (presented with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
For contributions to the fundamental physics and instrument engineering of mid-IR microscopy and its applications to medical imaging
Rohit Bhargava received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, USA. Today, he is Founder Professor of Engineering and serves as the director of the Cancer Center at the University of Illinois. His primary appointment is in the department of bioengineering, with joint appointments in chemistry and several engineering departments as well as in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
Bhargava is the worldwide leader in IR micro-spectroscopy and imaging. Bhargava and collaborators have enabled the development of a complete theory for IR microscopy and nanoscopy over the last decade, forming the theoretical foundation of IR imaging.
Bhargava has also been able to translate fundamental scientific understanding to practical spectrometers by working with industry. This work has resulted in “high definition” imaging, now adopted by all IR microscopy manufacturers. Additionally, Bhargava has opened the field of using high-performance IR imaging for pathology, with studies that show how conventional pathology can be made all-digital and highly accurate.
Adolph Lomb Medal
In recognition of noteworthy contributions made to optics at an early career stage
University of California Berkeley, USA
For important contributions to the advancement of computational microscopy and its applications
Laura Waller received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, USA, before joining the University of California, Berkeley, USA, where she is currently the Ted Van Duzer Endowed Associate Professor. She is a Fellow of OSA and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Waller has established herself as a visionary in the important new field of computational imaging through her pioneering work on phase retrieval from intensity measurements. She has also made advancements in Fourier ptychography, 3D imaging in scattering media and imaging using a diffuser.
In the past four years, Waller has generated approximately US$6 million in research funding and published 27 journal papers and 6 patent applications. Her research has been recognized through over 100 invited talks, and she has contributed to the research community through work on many conference committees and as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging.
C.E.K. Mees Medal
In recognition of an original use of optics across multiple fields
University of Queensland, Australia
For pioneering innovations in the transfer of optical angular momentum to particles, using sculpted light for laser manipulation on atomic, nano- and microscales to generate fundamental insight and provide powerful probes to biomedicine
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, the first woman to win the Mees medal, received her Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently head of the School of Physical Sciences and head of the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She is a Fellow of OSA, the Australian Academy of Science and SPIE.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop is a pioneer in her field. She was the first woman professor of physics in Australia. Her work on the mechanical action of light, subsequently applied to biological and micron-scale systems, produced seminal results during the field’s birth in the 1990s.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop’s group in laser micromanipulation/optical tweezers was the first to demonstrate the transfer of angular momentum of light to microscopic particles. In addition, she was the first to demonstrate an optical system that can apply and accurately measure the torque exerted by a trapping beam on a rotating birefringent probe particle. Rubinsztein-Dunlop also has a distinguished record of achievement in the atomic domain of laser cooling and trapping of atoms.
William F. Meggers Award
In recognition of outstanding work in spectroscopy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
For expanding the horizons of impulsive stimulated Raman scattering (ISRS) to the generation of intense tunable terahertz pulses, thus establishing new transient-grating techniques for a more effective application of time-domain coherent nonlinear spectroscopy in the study of condensed-phase molecular dynamics
Keith Nelson received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA. After postdoctoral study at the University of California Los Angeles, USA, he joined MIT, where he is the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. He received OSA’s Ellis R. Lippincott Award in 2012.
Nelson is a world-recognized pioneer in the development and application of ultrafast spectroscopy to the study of solids and liquids. Over several decades he has made advances in the study of condensed-phase dynamics by developing new optical technologies. His accomplishments include the development of femtosecond impulsive Raman spectroscopy, pulse-shaping technology, terahertz pulse generation for coherent control spectroscopy, and multidimensional optical spectroscopy of molecular solids.
Nelson was also the first to commercialize femtosecond nonlinear spectroscopy. His transient grating technology was the foundation of a startup company, subsequently acquired by Phillips, which measured thin-film thicknesses in semiconductor fabrication lines with angstrom resolution.
David Richardson Medal
In recognition of significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector
ICFO–The Institute of Photonic Sciences and ICREA–Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain
For contributions to the advancement of nonlinear optical technology and commercial development of cutting-edge optical parametric oscillators
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, UK. He was a Royal Society of London University Research Fellow and a reader at St. Andrews. He is currently the ICREA Professor and Group Leader at ICFO. He is a Fellow of OSA and SPIE.
Ebrahim-Zadeh has long been at the forefront of research in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) and nonlinear frequency conversion technology. He has made pioneering scientific and technological contributions to the field that have transformed OPOs from proof-of principle conceptual devices to viable coherent sources in difficult spectral regions inaccessible to lasers. He is an international leader in commercial and industrial advancement of OPO technology, founding the company Radiantis in 2005 and serving as president and chief scientist. Today, the company is recognized as a leading manufacturer of advanced OPO systems and frequency conversion technology worldwide.
Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award
In recognition of contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology at an early career stage
Zhejiang University, China
For achievements in theory and computational methods for freeform illumination optics
Rengmao Wu received his Ph.D. from Zhejiang University, China. He did postdoctoral research at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, USA. He is currently a professor in the College of Optical Sciences and Engineering at Zhejiang University. He a senior member of OSA.
Wu has made significant contributions to freeform optics. In early 2013, when still a Ph.D. student, he invented the Monge–Ampère (MA) equation method, allowing the design of smooth freeform surfaces based on ideal-source assumption. He has also made contributions to the design for freeform imaging optics, developing an algorithm for designing freeform imaging optics with B-spline surfaces and exploring its applications in augmented reality.
Wu has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and is active in the optics community, serving on a number of conference and program committees.
Edgar D. Tillyer Award
In recognition of distinguished work in the field of vision
David H. Brainard
University of Pennsylvania, USA
For groundbreaking experimental and theoretical contributions to our understanding of how the visual system resolves the ambiguities inherent in sensory signals to produce a stable percept of object color
David Brainard received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA. He held positions at the University of Rochester, USA, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA, before joining the University of Pennsylvania as RRL Professor of Psychology. He is also director of the university’s Vision Research Center and associate dean for the natural sciences in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of OSA and the Association for Psychological Science.
Brainard’s most well-known contributions are from his studies of color constancy, which have led to a quantitative model. Notable achievements in his work include his development and distribution of the Psychophysics Toolbox (a software package for visual psychophysics), psychophysical measurements, his ability to link psychophysical data to quantitative models, and his ability to translate insights from biological vision into practical image-processing solutions. Recently, he has applied the underlying principles of color constancy to how the visual system resolves ambiguity in the visual pathway, and has developed a computational model.
Charles Hard Townes Medal
In recognition of contributions to quantum electronics
Harvard University, USA
For pioneering theoretical and experimental contributions to quantum nonlinear optics and quantum information science and technology, and for the development and application of nanoscale quantum systems for sensing
Mikhail Lukin received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, USA. Following postdoctoral work, he became an assistant professor of physics at Harvard University. 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. He is a Fellow of OSA and the American Physical Society and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received OSA’s Adolph Lomb Award in 2000.
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.
Lukin’s 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.
John Tyndall Award
In recognition of contributions to fiber optic technology (presented with the IEEE Photonics Society)
Columbia University, USA
For fundamental and technological advances in integrated photonic devices
Michal Lipson, the first woman to receive the Tyndall Award, received her Ph.D. in physics from The Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Following a postdoctoral position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, USA. She is currently Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University. She is a Fellow of OSA and IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She received OSA’s R.W. Wood Prize in 2017. She is the OSA 2021 Vice President and will serve as the Society President in 2023.
Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of silicon photonics, which is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. She showed the ability to tailor the electro-optic properties of silicon, which led to the explosion of silicon photonics research and development.
More than one thousand papers published yearly involve devices and circuits based on Lipson’s original modulators or on other silicon photonics devices demonstrated by her group, including slot waveguides and inverse tapers. She has over 45 patents and has delivered hundreds of invited, keynote and plenary lectures.
Herbert Walther Award
In recognition of distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community (presented with Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft)
Wolfgang Peter Schleich
Universität Ulm, Germany
For pioneering contributions to topics including gyroscopes and general relativity, Schleich-Wheeler oscillations, quantum state engineering, quantum optics in phase space, Gauss-sum factorization and wave packet dynamics and the red shift controversy resolution in atom interferometry
Wolfgang Peter Schleich received his Ph.D. in physics and habilitation from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Theoretical Physics in Austin, Texas, USA. Before joining the Universität Ulm, he worked with Herbert Walther at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik. Schleich is currently chair–professor of theoretical physics, Universität Ulm, and acting director of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Quantum Technologies. He is a Fellow of OSA, the American Physical Society, the European Optical Society and the Institute of Physics; an elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea; and an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Schleich is a theoretical physicist with a 40-year career of demonstrated leadership and groundbreaking research. He is best known for providing the theoretical support for the Bose-Einstein-condensate-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.
R.W. Wood Prize
In recognition of an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
For pioneering contributions to the realization of chip-scale optical frequency combs
Tobias Kippenberg received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, USA, and habilitation from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany. He is currently a full professor of physics and electrical engineering at EPFL. He is a Fellow of OSA and the American Physical Society.
In 2007, Kippenberg and his team discovered the ability of optical microresonators to generate optical frequency combs via parametric interactions. This discovery showed that as an alternative to the use of mode-locked lasers, a CW laser can be converted into a broadband frequency comb via nonlinear wave mixing, overcoming passive cavity dispersion. Kippenberg has led the field in novel microfabrication techniques, both in crystalline microresonators and through his introduction and perfection of the photonic Damascene process in the silicon nitride platform.
Call for 2022 Award and Medal Nominations
Celebrate the field’s technical, research, engineering, education, business, leadership and service accomplishments. Nominations for most 2022 awards and medals are due 1 October 2021. Visit www.osa.org/AwardCategories to take advantage of this opportunity to recognize the extraordinary achievements of your colleagues.
Thank You, Award Selection Committee Members!
Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize Committee
Anna Consortini, Chair, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Susana Marcos, Past Chair, Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Alain Aspect, Institut d’Optique, France
James D. Kafka, Spectra-Physics, USA
Byoung Yoon Kim, Korea Advanced Inst. of Science& Tech., Republic of Korea
Marija Strojnik, Optical Research Center, Mexico
Lan Yang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Esther Hoffman Beller Medal Committee
Janice Hudgings, Chair, Pomona College, USA
Peter Krummrich, Past Chair, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
Sergio Fantini, Tufts University, USA
Yaseera Ismail, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Antigone Marino, National Research Council, Italy
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, USA
Clara Saraceno, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany
Max Born Award Committee
Anne Matsuura, Chair, Intel Corporation, USA
Hanne Ludvigsen, Past Chair, Aalto University, Finland
Govind P. Agrawal, University of Rochester, USA
Cristina Canavesi, LighTopTech Corp., USA
Svetlana Glebovna Lukishova, University of Rochester, USA
Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, UK
Caterina Vozzi, CNR-IFN, Italy
Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award Committee
Arlene Smith, Chair, Avo Photonics Inc., USA
Naomi Chavez, The Optical Society, USA
Michael Haymore, The Optical Society, USA
David Lang, The Optical Society, USA
Alphan Sennaroglu, Koc Universitesi, Turkey
Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award Committee
Paras N. Prasad, Chair, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Alex Vitkin, Past Chair, Ontario Cancer Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
Robert R. Alfano, CUNY City College, USA
Ling Fu, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology, China
Ewa M. Goldys, University of New South Wales, Australia
Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, USA
Tatiana Novikova, École Polytechnique, IP Paris, France
Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize Committee
Liangcai Cao, Chair, Tsinghua University, China
Lenore McMackin, Past Chair, InView Technology Corporation, USA
Juergen Czarske, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Jonathan Hu, Baylor University, USA
Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Teri Odom, Northwestern University, USA
Pascal Picart, LAUM CNRS Le Mans Université, France
Nick Holonyak Jr. Award Committee
Chennupati Jagadish, Chair, Australian National University, Australia
Alexandra Boltasseva, Past Chair, Purdue University, USA
Shamsul Arafin, ECE, Ohio State University, USA
Saswatee Banerjee, Brillnics Japan Inc., Japan
Joyce Poon, Max-Planck-Inst fur Mikrostrukturphysik, Canada
Alessandro Tredicucci, Università di Pisa, Italy
Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award Committee
Madeleine Glick, Chair, Columbia University, USA
Lluis Torner, Past Chair, ICFO, Spain
Leslie Kimerling, Double Helix Optics, USA
Kaoru Minoshima, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Guohai Situ, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China
Michelle L. Stock, TOPTICA Photonics Inc., USA
Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Edwin Land Medal Committee (Joint with Society for Imaging Science and Technology)
James Besley, Chair, Nearmap, Australia
Pablo Artal*, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Gerhard Bartscher, Bartscher Innovationstechnologien GmbH, Germany
Giordano B. Beretta, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., USA
Alan C. Bovik*, UT Austin-WNCG, USA
Debabrata Goswami*, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Mike Molaire, Molecular Glasses, USA
Debbie Wilson*, Lumentum Operations Inc., USA
Emmett N. Leith Medal Committee
Malgorzata Kujawinska, Chair, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Yunlong Sheng, Past Chair, Université Laval, Canada
Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford University, USA
Yufeng Li, Innovusion Inc, USA
Osamu Matoba, Kobe University, Japan
Wolfgang Osten, Universität Stuttgart, Germany
Inmaculada Pascual, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Ellis Lippincott Award Committee (Joint with Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
Nathalie Picqué*, Chair, Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik, Germany
J. Chance Carter, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Justin Cooper, Idaho National Laboratories, USA
Robin Garrell, CUNY Graduate Center, USA
Ellen Miseo*, TeakOrigin Inc., USA
Savitha Panikar, Hovione LLC, USA
Adolph Lomb Medal Committee
Anna Claire Peacock, Chair, University of Southampton, UK
Maria S. Millan, Past Chair, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
P.S. (Emily) Chan, AP Infosense, Hong Kong
Pouya Dianat, Nanograss Photonics, USA
Daniela Dragoman, Universitatea din Bucuresti, Romania
Tsing-Hua Her, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
Tina E. Kidger, Kidger Optics Associates, UK
Jingyu Lin, Texas Tech University, USA
Eiji J. Takahashi, RIKEN, Japan
Paul Westbrook, OFS Laboratories, USA
Dan-Xia Xu, National Research Council Canada, Canada
C.E.K. Mees Medal Committee
Judith Dawes, Chair, Macquarie University, Australia
Herve Tatenguem Fankem, Past Chair, Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH, Germany
Gabriella Cincotti, University Roma Tre, Italy
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO–Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain
Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA
Peter Schunemann, BAE Systems Inc., USA
Anna Sytchkova, ENEA Optical Coatings Lab, Italy
Stanley E. Whitcomb, California Institute of Technology, USA
William F. Meggers Award Committee
Paolo De Natale, Chair, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica-CNR, Italy
Cushla M. McGoverin, Past Chair, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Anne Myers Kelley, University of California Merced, USA
Mark A. Linne, University of Edinburgh, UK
Masataka Nakazawa, Tohoku University, Japan
Albert Stolow, University of Ottawa, Canada
Warren S. Warren, Duke University, USA
David Richardson Medal Committee
Helen Margaret Pask, Chair, Macquarie University, Australia
Francisco J. Duarte, Past Chair, Interferometric Optics, USA
Aleksandra Boskovic, Corning Research & Development Corp., USA
Jonathan Ellis, Clerio Vision Inc., USA
Frederick J. Leonberger, EOvation Advisors LLC, USA
Adriana Szeghalmi, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Hwa Yaw Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award Committee
Jamie Leigh Ramsey, Chair, Rochester Precision Optics LLC, USA
John R. Rogers, Past Chair, Synopsys Inc., USA
Dana Granciu, IOR, Romania
Juan Carlos Miñano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Bojan Resan, University of Applied Sciences FHNW, Switzerland
Shu-i Wang, Northrop Grumman, USA
Edgar Tillyer Award Committee
Hannah Smithson, Chair, University of Oxford, UK
Stephen Burns, Past Chair, Indiana University, USA
Geoffrey Karl Aguirre, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Martin S. Banks, University of California Berkeley, USA
Ellen Campbell Carter, Color Research and Application, USA
Karen Mary Hampson, University of Oxford, UK
Huei-Yung Lin, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Charles Hard Townes Medal Committee
Juliet Gopinath, Chair, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Luiz Davidovich, Past Chair, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Atac Imamoglu, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Olga Kocharovskaya, Texas A&M University, USA
Yoko Miyamoto, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Viktor Podolskiy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Margaret Reid, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
John Tyndall Award Committee (Joint with IEEE Photonics Society)
John E. Bowers, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Yasuhiko Arakwa, University of Tokyo, Japan
Kin Chiang*, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Piet Demeester*,, Ghent University, INTEC, Belgium
Sophie LaRochelle*,, Université Laval, Canada
Leslie Rusch, Université Laval, Canada
Seb Savory, University of Cambridge, UK
Robert Tkach, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Jun Shan Wey*, ZTE TX Inc., USA
Herbert Walther Award Committee
Girish S. Agarwal, Chair, Texas A&M University, USA
Ady Arie, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Inst. of Science & Technology, Japan
R.W. Wood Prize Committee
Christina Lim, Chair, University of Melbourne, Australia
Valeri Rodriguez-Fajardo, Past-Chair, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Betty Lise Anderson, Ohio State University, USA
Demetrios Christodoulides, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
Kishan Dholakia, University of St. Andrews, UK
Koji Sugioka, RIKEN, Japan
Rachel P.C. Won, Nature Photonics, UK
*Denotes OSA representative on joint society committees.