The Optical Society Presents 19 Prestigious Awards for 2016
The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards and medals. The winners include: Gérard Mourou, Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus Quinn Prize; Bishnu Pal, Esther Hoffman (News - Alert) Beller Medal; Xiang Zhang, Max Born Award; G. Michael Morris, Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award; Robert Alfano, Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award; Demetri Psaltis, Joseph Fraunhofer (News - Alert) Award/Robert M. Burley Prize; Valery V. Tuchin, Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award; Chennupati Jagadish, Nick Holonyak Jr. Award; Martin Aufmuth, Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award; Jan P. Allebach, Edwin Land Medal; Sang-Sam Choi, Sang Soo Lee Award; Francis T. S. Yu, Emmett N. Leith Medal; Thomas Elsaesser, Ellis R. Lippincott Award; Jennifer Dionne, Adolph Lomb Medal; Brooks Pate, William F. Meggers Award; Francisco Duarte, David Richardson (News - Alert) Medal; Dennis Levi, Edgar D. Tillyer Award; Robert W. Boyd, Charles H. Townes Award; Kishan Dholakia, R.W. Wood Prize. These award winners join an esteemed group of past recipients recognized by OSA for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of optics and photonics. Award ceremonies will be held throughout the year.
"Our Society presents a number of awards annually to recognize individual excellence in the field of optics and photonics," said Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society. "The recipients of this year's awards and medals are paving the way to seminal discoveries which contribute to a greater level of understanding of the optical sciences. OSA is incredibly pleased to acknowledge their dedication and celebrates their success."
The Optical Society's President, Alan Willner, added: "This year's distinguished recipients have written books that have contributed to the further understanding of optics and photonics, are the named inventors of patents that will aid in improving the living conditions of millions, and were lead investigators on pivotal research. Moreover, many of this year's recipients have taken on important leadership roles within The Optical Society, and through such roles they have exemplified a dedication to our field and to their colleagues."
The OSA award committee reviews nominations for each award, including curriculum vitae, four letters of recommendations and a statement of career accomplishment related to the award criteria, and presents its recommendations to the OSA Board of Directors. The Board has approved the following winners for 2016:
Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus Quinn Prize
Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
Max Born Award
Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award
Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
Nick Holonyak Jr. Award
Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award
Edwin Land Medal
Sang Soo Lee Award
Emmett N. Leith Medal
Ellis R. Lippincott Award
Adolph Lomb Medal
William F. Meggers Award
David Richardson Medal
Edgar D. Tillyer Award
Charles H. Townes Award
R.W. Wood Prize
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org/100.