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SPIE Directors' Award

(previously the Governors' Award)

The SPIE Directors' Award is presented to an individual who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has rendered a significant service of outstanding benefit to the Society.

Current Winner

Maryellen Giger SPIE Directors' Award winner   Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States,  is the recipient of the 2021 SPIE Directors' Award.  The award recognizes Giger's outstanding service to SPIE and the optics and photonics communities. She has been a key voice in data driven approaches including how we serve the community, and an active and leader in pushing forward our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts. 
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Previous Recipients of the SPIE Directors' Award

2020 - Gary Spiegel
2019 - Carmiña Londoño
2018 - James Grote
2017 - Kenneth M. Hanson
2016 - Majid Rabbani
2015 - Jim Oschmann
2014-  Harry J. Levinson
2013 - Bjorn F. Andresen
2012 - R. Rox Anderson
2011 - Robert P. Breault
2010 - Malgorzata Kujawinska
2009 - Bruce J. Tromberg
2008 - James Harrington
2007 - Paul R. Yoder, Jr.
2005 - Maria J. Yzuel
2004 - Donald C. O'Shea
2003 - Jack D. Gaskill
2002 - Arthur H. Guenther
2001 - Paul Schenker
2000 - Abraham Katzir
1999 - M. J. Soileau
1998 - Brian J. Thompson
1996 - Paul R. Yoder
1992 - Warren J. Smith
1987 - Roger H. Schneider
1984 - Henry John Caulfield
1981 - Irving J. Spiro
1980 - Clyde W. Tombaugh
1979 - James C. Wyant, Andrew G. Tescher, and Theodore T. Saito
1978 - Edward L. Caplan (posthumous)
1977 - Yale H. Katz
1970 - J. E. Durrenberger
1969 - Revere G. Sanders
1968 - Clyde T. Holliday
1967 - John Kiel
1966 - Carl N. Brewster
1965 - Eugene B. Turner and Edward E. Rich
1964 - Robert L. Woltz
1963 - Herman C. Schepler