Optica Names 2022 Award Winners for Service in Photonics

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Optica has announced 20 recipients of its 2022 awards and medals. The awards celebrate individuals who have achieved significant technical, research, education, business, leadership, and service accomplishments across optics and photonics.

The 2022 recipients follow: 

Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
Julie Bentley, University of Rochester
For her central role in shaping the optics education of countless undergraduate and graduate students.

Max Born Award
Yuri Kivshar, Australian National University
For pioneering and groundbreaking research in nonlinear metamaterials and all-dielectric resonant metaphotonics that derives unique optical functionalities from electric and magnetic dipolar and multipolar Mie-type resonances underpinning new discoveries in nonlinear and topological nanophotonics.

Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
Joseph A. Izatt, Duke University
For over 25 years of outstanding service to the optics community and Optica in areas as diverse as publications, conferences, strategic planning, and the Optica board of directors.

Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award
Valentina Emiliani, Vision Institute, CNRS
For pioneering research on wavefront engineering in neurophotonics, which enabled the selective control of individual neurons in the intact brain using light and optogenetics, and initiated the era of all-optical brain control.

Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA
For seminal optical engineering contributions to computational optical imaging, lens-free microscopy, holography, and mobile optical sensing.

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award (presented with SPIE)
Paul F. McManamon, Exciting Technology LLC and University of Dayton
For his book, LiDAR Technologies and Systems.

Nick Holonyak Jr. Award
Marshall Nathan, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and University of Minnesota
For his pioneering work in creating GaAs diode lasers and inventive contributions to compound semiconductors and laser physics.

Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award
Andrea Armani, University of Southern California
For leadership in promoting online platforms for disseminating science and educational programs, thereby reducing barriers for early career researchers and increasing mentoring opportunities worldwide.

Edwin H. Land Medal (presented with Society for Imaging Science and Technology)
Shin-Tson Wu, University of Central Florida
For contributions to novel displays and diffractive optics that led to commercial products and widespread applications, especially for augmented reality, virtual reality, and imaging devices.

Sang Soo Lee Award (presented with the Optical Society of Korea)
Andrew Forbes, University of Witwatersrand
For advancing photonics in South Africa through strategic leadership in executing national photonics programs, high-impact research and education, and mentorship of African researchers.

Emmett N. Leith Medal
Min Gu, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
For outstanding contributions to nanoscale optical information technology by extending the limit of optical data storage, holography, and display through multidimensional division including optical orbital angular momentum and vectorial domains.

Ellis R. Lippincott Award (presented with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy)
Martin Zanni, University of Wisconsin-Madison
For innovative contributions to the technology and application of two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Adolph Lomb Medal
Ido Kaminer, Technion: Israel Institute of Technology
For pioneering contributions that led to the creation of a paradigm shift in light-matter interactions of photonic quasiparticles.

C.E.K. Mees Medal
Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago
For seminal contributions to optical science by developing novel methods and applications in ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy, single-molecule microscopy, nanoplasmonics, optical vector beam spectroscopy, optical trapping, optical matter, and nanomachines.

William F. Meggers Award
Michael D. Fayer, Stanford University
For seminal developments in ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy, which have heavily influenced the chemical physics spectroscopy landscape.

David Richardson Medal
Jim Tatum, Dallas Quantum Devices
For significant contributions to the development and commercialization of VCSEL technology.

Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award
Heejoo Choi, University of Arizona
For innovative design of a UV cross-dispersion space telescope and engineering of a laser-truss large binocular telescope metrology system.

Edgar D. Tillyer Award
Mary Hayhoe, University of Texas at Austin
For outstanding contributions to our understanding of visual perception and cognition in natural tasks through the innovative use of technology for recording eye, head, limb, and body position in both natural and virtual environments.

Charles Hard Townes Medal
Girish S. Agarwal, Texas A&M University
For discoveries in theoretical quantum optics, especially vacuum-induced coherences, photon-added coherent states, nonclassical cat states for qubits via engineered many-body interactions, and transparency in optomechanical systems.

R.W. Wood Prize
Shanhui Fan, Stanford University
For foundational discoveries in photonics, ranging from resonator, topological, and nonreciprocal photonics to energy applications including the discovery of daytime radiative cooling based on a new kind of energy source.

Published: March 2022
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