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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.

Valery Tuchin, is the 2016 recipient of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis, 3rd ed., published by SPIE Press in 2015.

Professor Tuchin was presented with his award at SPIE Photonics Europe in April 2016.

Past Winners:

2014 - Wenshan Cai and Vladimir M. Shalaev, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications
2012 - R. Barry Johnson, Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition
2010 - Lihong V. Wang and Hsin-I Wu, Biomedical Optics: Principles and Imaging
2008 - Emil Wolf, Introduction to the Theory of Coherence and Polarization of Light
2006 - Harrison H. Barrett and Kyle J. Myers, Foundations of Image Science


This award process is structured somewhat differently from other SPIE Awards:

  • 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 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.

Specific Stipulations & Criteria 

  • Eligible books must have been first published (first edition or first revised edition) no more than six years prior to 1 January of the year of the award; 1 January of the book copyright year will be assumed as the date of first publication.
  • Only authored books are eligible, including books with more than one principal author. Edited compilations, handbooks, reviews, etc., with multiple contributing authors will not be considered.
  • Textbooks, research monographs, scientific or technical reviews, or any other book type or genre that covers its subject in depth are eligible.
  • Books from any publisher worldwide are eligible.
  • Book must be currently in print and readily available from the publisher and suppliers.
  • Only books in the English language will be considered.
  • A full bibliographic citation for the nominated book, including full title, full name(s) of author(s), publisher, and date of publication.

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