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SPIE Awards Listing and Winners

SPIE Awards Listing and Winners

Each year SPIE recognizes individuals whose outstanding achievements in optics and photonics are advancing light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition. 

     
AWARD CATEGORIES
Achievement (General) Education Optical Metrology
Biomedical Optics High-speed Optics Optical Polarization
Biophotoncs Technology Medical Imaging Photonics
Diffractive Optics Microlithography Space + Airborne Optics
Diversity Outreach Optical Design Technical Achievement
Early Career Optical Engineering Writing

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.

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SPIE Gold Medal Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Robert Alfano
The City College of New York
New York, New York, United States

SPIE Visionary Award

An individual whose work demonstrates any or all qualities of exceptional foresight, creativity, advocacy, and vision, that furthers the research, development, and industries related to light-based technologies.

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SPIE Visionary Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

James C. Wyant
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States

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.

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SPIE President's Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

William H. Arnold
ASML US, Inc.
Chandler, Arizona, United States

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.

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SPIE Directors' Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Carmiña Londoño
National Science Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia, United States

SPIE Mozi Award

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

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Mozi Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

John Pendry
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom

SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

Outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

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SPIE Britton Chance Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Samuel Achilefu
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

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

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SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator  

CURRENT WINNER:

Stephen A. Boppart
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois, United States

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics

Outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications.

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Dennis Gabor Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Min Gu
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

SPIE Diversity Outreach Award

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.

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SPIE Diversity Outreach Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Inaugural Presentation 2020

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.

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SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Industry/Government  

CURRENT WINNER:

Mathias B. Steiner
IBM Research Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

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SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Sarah Elizabeth Bohndiek
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

     
SPIE Early Career Achievement Award - Academic  

AND

Juejun Hu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award

Outstanding contributions to optics education by an SPIE instructor or an educator in the field.

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SPIE Maria J. Yzuel Educator Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Rick P. Trebino
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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.

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Harold Edgerton Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

John Dudley
Université de Franche-Comté
Besançon, France

SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award in Medical Imaging

In recognition of outstanding accomplishments in medical imaging.

(Inaugural Presentation 2019)

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SPIE Harrison H. Barrett Award  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Harrison H. Barrett (shown)
Arthur E. Burgess
Charles E. Metz
Robert F. Wagner

SPIE Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography

Outstanding accomplishments in microlithographic technology, especially those furthering the development of semiconductor lithographic imaging solutions.

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Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Akiyoshi Suzuki
Gigaphoton Inc.
Oyama, Japan

     
Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography  

AND

Obert Wood II
GLOBALFOUNDRIES
New York, New York, United States

SPIE Rudolph and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design

Significant achievement in the field of optical design.

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Kingslake Award  

CURRENT WINNERS:

Bobby R. Hunt
Amber L. Iler
Christopher A. Bailey
Michael A. Rucci

SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering

Exceptional contributions in design, construction, testing and theory of optical and illumination systems and instrumentation.

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AE Conrady Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Hubert M. Martin
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States

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.

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Chandra S. Vikram Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Wolfgang Osten
University of Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

SPIE G.G. Stokes Award in Optical Polarization

Exceptional contribution to the field of optical polarization.

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GG Stokes Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Joseph Shaw
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana, United States

SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics

Outstanding contributions to the field of photonics and the development of innovative, high impact technologies.

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SPIE Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award in Photonics  

CURRENT WINNER:

Inaugural Presentation 2020

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.

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George W Goddard Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Giovanni Fazio
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award

Outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging.

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SPIE Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Joe C. Campbell
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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.

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Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award  

CURRENT WINNER:

Michael T. Eismann
Air Force Research Lab
Wright Patterson Afb, Ohio, USA