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Winzer Awarded 2018 John Tyndall Award

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The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society have awarded Peter Winzer of Nokia Bell Labs the 2018 John Tyndall Award.

Peter WinzerWinzer is recognized for his contributions to understanding and advancing the capacity of coherent optical communication systems including advanced modulation formats and spatial multiplexing.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized with this award from The Optical Society and the IEEE Photonics Society,” Winzer said. “Throughout my career, both societies have greatly supported my research initiatives and have worked to move us forward in optical communications technologies through their highly regarded research publications and innovative meetings."

Winzer received his Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology, where he worked on space-borne lidar and laser communications for the European Space Agency. He has worked at Bell Labs since 2000, where he has focused on many aspects of fiber-optic communications including advanced optical modulation, multiplexing and detection. He has contributed to several high-speed optical transmission records from 100 Gbps to 1 Tbps and has been widely promoting spatial multiplexing to overcome the optical networks capacity crunch.

"Peter Winzer has devoted his career to expanding the field of optical communication systems,” said Liz Rogan, CEO of OSA. “He has attained several commendable high-speed optical transmission records. His significant advancements involving modulation formats and spatial multiplexing are unmatched; he is a true pioneer of his field. We are extremely grateful for Peter's continued dedication and passion for advancing the way we communicate."

The John Tyndall Award is named for the 19th century scientist who was the first to demonstrate the phenomenon of total internal reflection. First presented in 1987, the award recognizes an individual who has made pioneering, highly significant or continuing technical or leadership contributions to fiber optic technology. Corning Inc. endows the award, which includes a prize check and a glass sculpture that represents the concept of total internal reflection.

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2018
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