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Robert Alfano is first winner of Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

19 December 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Robert Alfano,Robert Alfano photo Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College of New York, has been awarded the first SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award in recognition of his pioneering work in biomedical optics and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The announcement was made today by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Among Alfano's many achievements, he was co-discoverer of the supercontinuum white light source, the SPIE award citation noted.

A longtime SPIE conference chair and committee member and a prolific author, Alfano was instrumental in the founding of the Biomedical Optics (BiOS) symposium at SPIE Photonics West. He has published more than 700 papers, and has 108 patents and more than 11,000 citations. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Optics since the founding of the journal in 1996.

The Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award will be presented annually, to honor contributions to optical methods and devices that have significant promise to accelerate or have already facilitated new discoveries in biology or medicine.

Alfano will receive the award on 24 January during the Nano/Biophotonics plenary session at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

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