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Award Listing

SPIE Awards Program

View the full description of each SPIE Award category and the profiles of current and past winners:

SPIE Gold Medal
The highest honor the Society bestows. Awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, photonics, electro-optics, or imaging technologies or applications.

SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging Inaugural Presentation 2019
Outstanding accomplishments in medical imaging.

SPIE Britton Chance Award in Biomedical Optics
Outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
Extraordinary achievements in biophotonics technology development that show strong promise or potential impact in Biology, Medicine, and Biomedical Optics.

SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering
Exceptional contributions in design, construction, testing and theory of optical and illumination systems and instrumentation.

SPIE Diversity Outreach Award Inaugural Presentation 2020
An individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting diversity in the education, training and participation of women and/or minorities in optics, photonics, electro-optics, or imaging technologies or applications.

SPIE Harold E. Edgerton Award in High-Speed Optics
Outstanding contributions to optical or photonic techniques in the application and understanding of high speed physical phenomena.

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics
Outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications.

SPIE George W. Goddard Award in Space and Airborne Optics
Exceptional achievement in optical or photonic technology or instrumentation for earth or planetary or astronomical science, reconnaissance or surveillance from airborne or space platforms.

SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics Inaugural Presentation 2020
Outstanding contributions to the field of photonics and the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

SPIE Rudolph and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design
Significant achievement in the field of optical design.

SPIE Mozi Award
Outstanding discoveries, scientific and technical achievements, or inventions in the field of optics.

SPIE G. G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization
Exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization.

SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology
Exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement.

SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography
Outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions.

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic
Significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE, recognizing excellence in academia.

SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government
Significant and innovative technical contributions in the engineering or scientific fields of relevance to SPIE, recognizing excellence in industry/government.

SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award
Outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field.

SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award
Outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging.

SPIE President's Award
An individual who, in the opinion of the President and the Board of Directors, has rendered a unique and meritorious service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

SPIE Directors' Award
An individual who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
For authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry.