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Ultrafast-laser pioneer Ursula Keller receives the 2018 European Inventor Award

25 June 2018

Ursula Keller | Image courtesy of EPO
Ursula Keller — Image courtesy of EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) honored SPIE Fellow Ursula Keller, professor of physics at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, with the European Inventor Award 2018 in the "Lifetime achievement" category. Keller attended a ceremony at the Théâtre Alexandre Dumas in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye on 7 June to receive the award.

Presented annually by the EPO, the European Inventor Award distinguishes outstanding inventors from Europe and around the world who have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress, and economic growth. This year’s winners were chosen from a nomination list of more than 500 individuals and teams of inventors by an independent international jury. The Lifetime achievement category is one of five award categories. Keller was selected for pioneering contributions to laser technology, including patented inventions that have helped make ultra-fast lasers commonplace in industrial and medical applications.

EPO President Benoît Battistelli said in a statement about Keller that she "has dedicated her career to research and innovations that have charted new directions in laser technology and unlocked new applications across a broad range of industries. Her work highlights Europe's role as a leader in ultra-fast laser research and implementation."

Her achievements are well recognized having won the Weizmann Women and Science Award just last year "for pioneering and seminal contributions to ultrafast lasers technology and important breakthroughs in attosecond science." SPIE promoted Keller to Fellow in 2014 for such and for her active involvement with the Society. She has presented numerous times at SPIE events, delivering plenary talks, serving as conference chair and on conference program committees. She has written over 240 publications in scientific journals with a peer review including SPIE journal, Optical Engineering.

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