The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are proud to announce the Herbert Walther Award will be presented to H. Jeff Kimble of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his pioneering experimental contributions to quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics and quantum information science.
“Jeff has led a revolution in modern physics through his pioneering research in the coherent control of the interactions of light and matter,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “His work has changed the way physicists approach research in quantum optics, atomic physics and quantum information science. We are proud to recognise his professional efforts with this important award.”
Kimble began his career at General Motors Research Laboratories before joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin where he remained for 10 years as a professor of physics. He was named director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech in 2011, where he has taught as professor of physics since 1989.
Kimble is regarded as the leading figure in the creation and application of non-classical light (i.e., light with manifestly quantum properties). His research has led to the creation of new tools that allow the control of the processes by which an individual atom interacts with a single photon, affecting a broad range of scientific fields from atomic physics to chemistry and biology. He received his BS degree in physics from Abilene Christian University and his MA and PhD degrees in physics at the University of Rochester. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the OSA’s Max Born Award in 1996.
The Herbert Walther Award honours Professor Herbert Walther for the seminal influence of his groundbreaking innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics and for his numerous contributions to the international scientific community. Established in 2007, the Award recognises distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics, as well as leadership in the international scientific community.