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SPIE names 72 new Fellows of the Society in 2008

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 24 June 2008 - SPIE is honoring 72 new Fellows of the Society this year, at SPIE events chosen by the new Fellows.

SPIE Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. More than 500 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.

"The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge outstanding members for their service to the general optics community," said SPIE President Kevin G. Harding.

Seventeen new Fellows are scheduled to be inducted at the SPIE Optics and Photonics annual awards banquet on 13 August at the San Diego, CA, Marriott Hotel & Marina. The Fellows will be honored along with the 2008 SPIE award winners.

Earlier this year, 5 new Fellows were introduced at SPIE Europe's Photonics Europe symposium, 1 at the SPIE High-Power Laser Ablation conference, 9 at the SPIE Defense and Security meeting, 8 at SPIE Advanced Lithography, 4 at SPIE Medical Imaging, 2 at SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging, and 19 at SPIE Photonics West.

For a complete listing of the 2008 SPIE Fellows visit http://spie.org/x32.xml.

For a complete listing of all SPIE Fellows visit http://spie.org/x38.xml.

For a Fellows nomination form and criteria visit http://spie.org/x1162.xml.

About SPIE
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