One of our TOPTICA founders, Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders was recognized during this year’s BiOS/Photonics West 2020 for his contributions to the laser world and the company’s community engagement with the SPIE Fellow award.
David Andrews, President-Elect of SPIE (left), and John Greivenkamp, President of SPIE (right), presented the award to Wilhelm. "Our Fellows represent the technical range, diversity, and ethos of SPIE," notes Chair of the SPIE Fellows Committee and Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems engineer Jeffrey Puschell. "With our 72 new Fellows – including for the second year in a row, a record number of women – we honor the innovative technologies that are being developed across the optics and photonics industry by scientists in academia, industry and government. It's been my pleasure to work with the Nominating Committee to recognize the work of these SPIE Members, and it's my pleasure to recognize each one of them for their cumulative and ongoing professional successes."
"A prestigious recognition not only for me but for the whole company!" says Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders, CTO of TOPTICA Photonics.
Being infected by Cold Atom Physics as a PhD student at the Institute of Quantum Optics in Hannover, and being part of the technology of Prof. Hänsch's group at the Max-Planck-Institute in Garching, Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders started a successful business activity with tunable diode laser technology. "Frequency Division" in the early days and "Frequency Combing" today, have started the Passion of Precision and are still the driving force in TOPTICA's extended scientific product range on its way to mature markets.