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Gold Medal of the Society

The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honor the Society bestows. Beginning in 1977, it has been awarded annually in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, electro-optics, or photographic technologies or applications. The recipient(s) shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology. Honorarium $10,000.

James Harrington, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA, is the 2014 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to the field of specialty fiber optics and his pioneering work in the development of infrared transmissive fiber optics and their applications in laser power delivery, chemical and thermal sensing, and spectroscopy.

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Previous Recipients of the Gold Medal of the Society:

2013 - Federico Capasso
2012 - Daniel Malacara Hernandez
2011 - Harrison Barrett
2010 - Charles H. Townes
2009 - Richard B. Hoover
2008 - M. J. Soileau
2007 - Joseph W. Goodman
2006 - Duncan T. Moore         
2005 - H. John Caulfield
2004 - Roland V. Shack
2003 - James C. Wyant
2002 - Zhores I. Alferov
2001 - Parameswaran Hariharan
2000 - Robert E. Fischer
1999 - William L. Wolfe
1998 - Thomas I. Harris
1997 - Marjorie and Aden Meinel
1996 - Robert R. Shannon
1995 - Georges Nomarski
1994 - Andrei L. Mikaelian
1993 - Alfred H. Sommer
1992 - Charles K. Kao
1991 - William F. Schreiber
1990 - Emmett N. Leith
1989 - Andre Marechal
1988 - Andrew Tescher
1987 - H. Angus Macleod
1986 - Brian J. Thompson
1985 - Warren J. Smith
1984 - Franke Cooke
1983 - Robert E. Hopkins
1982 - Harold H. Hopkins
1981 - Harold E. Edgerton
1980 - Rudolf Kingslake
1979 - Edwin H. Land
1978 - James G. Baker
1977 - John Donovan Strong


Gold Medal of the Society
2013 - Federico Capasso
 
The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his seminal and wide-ranging contributions to photonics; in particular bandgap engineering of optoelectronic materials and devices, quantum cascade lasers and plasmonics based photonid devices.

 
2012 - Daniel Malacara Hernández

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of optics through his research, his books, and the establishment of Institutes in Mexico devoted to teaching and research in optics.

 

2011 - Harrison Barrett
 
The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his efforts in advancing the understanding of image science, formulating rigorous mathematical approaches to the assessment and optimization of image quality, and developing numerous innovative photon imaging systems.


 
2010 - Charles H. Townes
 
The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition Townes' recognition of the potential of the laser and coherent light more than 50 years ago and his pursuit of the requisite scientific inquiry to turn lasers into one of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century.


2009 - Richard B. Hoover
 
The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his work in X-ray and EUV optics EUV optics, ranging from microscopes to telescopes. His famous full-disk images of the sun in the X-ray and EUV wavelengths are among his many innovative advances for that field. In addition, his interest in the origins of life has led to a long chairmanship of the cross-disciplinary Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology conference.
 
 
2008 - M. J. Soileau
 
The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his his outstanding contributions to laser-induced damage research and optics education. He has also been instrumental in photonics commercialization, technology transfer, and other industry initiatives.