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Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award is a new biennial award funded by J.W. and H.M. Goodman. The award recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry. This award is co-sponsored by SPIE and OSA.

This award process is structured somewhat differently than other SPIE Awards in that:

  • The Award is presented in even-numbered years only.
  • The next nomination deadline will be 1 October 2017 with the award presented in 2018.
  • Nominations may be submitted via email or mail to either SPIE or OSA.

Nomination Process

Any member of the optics and photonics community may nominate a book meeting the eligibility requirements.  Direct nominations from publishers are discouraged.

Nominations must include the following:

  • A full bibliographic citation for the nominated book, including full title, full name(s) of author(s), publisher, and date of publication.
  • A 300- to 500-word narrative describing how the nominated book has "contributed significantly to research, to teaching, or to the optics and photonics industry." The description should attempt to describe why the book is exceptional within its scientific field and genre. Its overall impact within optics and photonics should also be described.
  • A short biographical note on the person making the nomination, including name, institutional affiliation, and job title.

Nominations may be mailed or emailed to one of the following addresses:

Goodman Book Writing Award Nomination
P.O. Box 10 Bellingham, WA 98225 USA

Goodman Book Writing Award Nomination
Optical Society of America
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036-1023 USA