SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering

The SPIE A. E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering is presented in recognition of exceptional contributions in design, construction, testing and theory of optical and illumination systems and instrumentation. Honorarium $2,000.

Alexander Eugen Conrady (January 27, 1866 - June 16, 1944) was an eminent optical designer, academician, and textbook author. His classic textbook "Applied Optics and Optical Design" inspired numerous new technologies including advances in various types of lenses for telescopes, periscopes and photographic systems. Significant theoretical contributions include development of the doctrine of optical path length (OPL) and optical path difference (OPD).

Current Winner

SPIE A.E. Conrady Award   Hubert M. Martin, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award  in Optical Engineering in recognition of exceptional contributions in design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation, without which the technology would not have progressed to its present state.
 
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Previous Recipients of the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in Optical Engineering

2018 - Philip Rogers
2016 - Lacy Cook
2015 - Richard C. Juergens
2014 - Matthew (Chuck) Rimmer
2013 - Kevin P.Thompson
2011 - Alan Greynolds
2010 - Juan Carlos Miñano
2009 - Roland Winston
2008 - Adolf Lohmann
2007 - Ellis I. Betensky
2006 - Virendra N. Mahajan
2005 - David R. Shafer
2004 - Juan L. Rayces
2003 - George Hunter
2002 - David G. Demaine
2000 - Abe Offner
1999 - Charles G. Wynne
1998 - Roland V. Shack
1997 - Hans A. Buchdahl
1996 - Tadeusz Kryszczynski
1995 - GEC Marconi Avionics Optical Design Team: Jonathan P. Freeman, 
          Richard K. Howard, David J. Hubbard, Steven J. Robbins, Iain K.
          Wilmington
1994 - Daniel Malacara
1993 - Joseph D. Kilkenny
1991 - Dietrich G. Korsch
1990 - Rudolf and Hilda G. Kingslake


2018 - Phlip Rogers

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his many and very significant contributions to the art of optical design; especially for designs optimized for manufacture, and for major efforts over 40 years in assisting organizations in Europe and the USA in disseminating information and furthering education in optical design.

2016 - Lacy Cook

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his efforts advancing the realm of reflective design forms over the course of more than forty years in the design of optical systems.

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2015 - Richard C. Juergens

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation recognizing him as a leading authority in optical system design, optical component fabrication and testing, training and mentoring of optical engineers, and instrumental in developing optimization techniques and tolerancing methods for optical designs.

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2014 - Matthew (Chuck) Rimmer

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his contributions to optical design algorithm development as exemplified by his work in the area of wavefront differential tolerancing.

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2013 - Kevin P.Thompson

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his efforts to discover and develop Nodal Aberration Theory (NAT)-a complete aberration theory for imaging optical systems that applies to rotationally nonsymmetric optical systems.

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2011 - Alan Greynolds

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition his significant advancements in the art of optical-design software including the introduction of nonsequential ray tracing, ray splitting, Gaussian beam decomposition, coherent propagation, polarization propagation, and straylight analysis.

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2010 - Juan Carlos Miñano

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his exceptional contributions in developing new design methods and devices in Nonimaging Optics.

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2009 - Roland Winston

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his profound, prodigious and seminal achievements in non-imaging optics, as well as in advancing its applications in solar and illumination technology.

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