2009 OSA Awards
OSA is proud to announce the winners of its 2009 awards and medals. The Optical Society has chosen to honor these distinguished
individuals because they have exhibited dedication, ingenuity and perseverance in attaining the highest level of scientific achievement in
their chosen fields. The OSA Board of Directors approved the awards at its meeting in February. Most of these awards will be presented at
Frontiers in Optics, the 93rd OSA Annual Meeting, in San Jose, Calif., U.S.A. in October.
Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus
W. Quinn Endowment
The highest award of the Society,
the Ives Medal recognizes overall
distinction in optics
>> To Robert L. Byer for
to optical science and the
commercial development of
optical technologies and for
wide-ranging leadership activities
within the optics community.
Robert L. Byer has conducted
research and taught classes in
lasers and nonlinear optics at
Stanford University since 1969.
He has made extraordinary
contributions to laser science
and technology, including the
demonstration of the first tunable
visible parametric oscillator, the
development of the Q-switched
unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser,
remote sensing using tunable
infrared sources and precision
spectroscopy using Coherent
Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering
(CARS). Byer’s ongoing research
includes development of
nonlinear optical materials and
laser sources for applications to
gravitational wave detection and
to laser particle acceleration.
Byer is currently the
William R. Kenan Jr.
Professor of Applied
Physics. He has
served as vice
dean of research at Stanford as
well as chair of the department
of applied physics, director of the
Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory
and director of the Hansen
Experimental Physics Laboratory.
He is a founding member of the
California Council on Science and
Technology and he served as chair
from 1995 to 1999. He has been a
member of the National Ignition
Facility since 2000, and he was a
member of the Air Force Scientific
Advisory Board from 2002 to
2006. He has served as president
of both OSA and IEEE LEOS.
Byer has published more
than 500 papers and holds 50
patents in the fields of lasers and
nonlinear optics. He is a Fellow
of OSA, IEEE, APS, AAAS
and LEOS, and he is a member
of the National Academy of
Engineering and the National
Academy of Sciences.
Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
In recognition of outstanding
contributions to optical science
and engineering education
>> To Anthony E. Siegman for
outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education with his books, especially
Lasers, and for mentoring numerous students who have become
luminaries in their careers.
Early in his career, Tony Siegman
made several basic contributions
to microwave and quantum
electronics, including microwave
electron tubes, solid-state masers,
and parametric oscillators and
amplifiers. Since then, he and his
students have made numerous
contributions to laser physics,
devices and applications, leading to 40 Ph.D. dissertations,
several hundred scientific articles,
and a widely used text, Lasers.
Since 2003, he has been actively
engaged in research on index-antiguided optical fibers.
Siegman was born in Michigan in 1931. He received his A.B.
and M.S. degrees from Harvard
College and UCLA in 1952 and
1954 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford
University in 1957. He was
appointed to the Stanford faculty
in 1956. Following retirement
from Stanford in 1998, he served
as OSA president in 1999. Since
then, he has been engaged in
OSA activities, optics research
and writing, and technical and
Max Born Award
In recognition of contributions
to physical optics
>> To Mordechai Segev for
groundbreaking contributions in
the field of optical spatial solitons.
Among Mordechai (Moti)
Segev’s most significant contributions are the discoveries of
photorefractive solitons, random-
phase solitons (also called incoherent solitons, or self-trapping
of solitons made of incoherent
white light from an incandescent bulb), the first experiments
with three-dimensional soliton
interactions, the first observation of two-dimensional lattice
solitons, and the first experimental demonstration of Anderson
localization in a disordered
Segev is the Trudy and Norman Louis Professor of Physics,
at the Technion—Israel Institute
of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
He has approximately 240 publications in refereed journals and
11 book chapters, and he has
given about 90 invited, keynote
and plenary presentations. He
received his B.Sc. and D.Sc.
from the Technion in 1985 and
1990, respectively. He spent a
year at Caltech as a post-doctoral
fellow and two more years as
a senior research fellow. Segev
joined Princeton in September
of 1994 as an assistant professor.
He attained the rank of professor in 1999 and served in that
capacity until his departure in
2001. His work over the years
with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows ranks among
his proudest achievements.
Segev is an OSA Fellow and
a Fellow of the APS. He has won
several awards, including the
Quantum Electronics Prize of
the European Physics Society
and the Landau Prize (Israel). He
has chaired several international
conferences, and he served two
terms as topical editor on nonlinear optics for Optics Letters.