The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society announced that Peter Winzer of Nokia Bell Labs (US) is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award. Winzer is recognized “for contributions to understanding and advancing the capacity of coherent optical communication systems including advanced modulation formats and spatial multiplexing." The award, one of the top honors in the fiber optics community, will be presented to Winzer at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), held from 11–15 March 2018 in San Diego, California (US).
Winzer received his PhD from the Vienna University of Technology, where he worked on space-borne LiDAR and laser communications for the European Space Agency. He has worked at Bell Labs since 2000, where he has focused on many aspects of fiber-optic communications, including advanced optical modulation, multiplexing, and detection. He has contributed to several high-speed optical transmission records from 100 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s and has been widely promoting spatial multiplexing to overcome the optical networks capacity crunch.
Winzer is amply published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA), including service as Program Chair of ECOC 2009, Program/General Chair of OFC 2015/17, and the current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. Winzer is a highly cited researcher, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and The Optical Society, and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
The John Tyndall Award is named for the 19th-century scientist who was the first to demonstrate the phenomenon of total internal reflection. First presented in 1987, the Tyndall Award recognizes an individual who has made pioneering, highly significant, or continuing technical or leadership contributions to fiber optic technology. Corning, Inc. endows the award, a prize check and a glass sculpture that represents the concept of total internal reflection. The award is co-sponsored by The Optical Society and the IEEE Photonics Society.