Bimberg Awarded OSA’s Nick Holonyak Jr. Award

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The Optical Society (OSA) has named Dieter Bimberg from the Technische Universität in Berlin and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, as the 2018 recipient of the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award.

OSA honors Bimberg for fundamental discoveries on the growth and physics of semiconductor nanostructures leading to nanophotonic devices for information science and communications.

“Professor Dieter Bimberg has made an enormous impact to the field of semiconductor nanophotonics, with important contributions spanning from materials science, nanophysics, measurement technology, and nanophotonic devices to applications,” said Connie Chang-Hasnain at the University of California, Berkeley, and award selection committee chair. “He has led influential research teams, managed his own research center, and worked with nanophotonics startups. Like Nick Holonyak, his passion for the science shines through with every new venture.”

The Nick Holonyak Jr. Award is given for contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications. Nick Holonyak Jr. is an American engineer who is noted particularly for his 1962 invention of an LED that emitted visible red light instead of IR light. The award is endowed by SDL Ventures LLC and Donald and Carol Scifres.

“OSA thanks the nominators, references, and selection committee members who participated in the process and play a crucial role in determining the recipient of this prestigious award,” said OSA president-elect Ursula Gibson at the University of Science and Technology, Norway, and 2017 awards council chair. “We are pleased to highlight Dieter’s many contributions.”

Bimberg is the founding director of the Center of NanoPhotonics and the Department of Applied Physics at Technische Universität. He is also a distinguished adjunct professor at King Abdulaziz University. His honors include the Russian State Prize in Science and Technology, and his elections to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. National Academies of Engineering and Inventors, among other distinctions. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Lancaster in England.

The OSA is professional organization for scientists, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications, and accelerate achievements in the science of light.

Published: May 2018
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