Each year the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recognises outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Gold Medal of the Society is the highest honour that the SPIE bestows. Beginning in 1977, it has been awarded annually in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics, electro-optics or photographic technologies or applications. The recipients shall have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of relevant technology.
Federico Capasso (photo) of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US) is the 2013 recipient of the Gold Medal Award in recognition of his seminal and wide-ranging contributions to photonics: in particular, band-gap engineering of optoelectronic materials and devices, quantum cascade lasers and plasmonics-based photonic devices.
Other recipients of 2013 SPIE awards are:
• James Fujimoto of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (US) is the 2013 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award in recognition of his pioneering research in optical coherence tomography (OCT) and its development as a clinical tool.
• Aydogan Ozcan with the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California (US) is the inaugural recipient of the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and bio-photonics technologies impacting telemedicine and global health challenges.
• Kevin P.Thompson of Synopsys Inc. in Pasadena, California (US) is the 2013 recipient of the A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his efforts to discover and develop a complete aberration theory for imaging optical systems, Nodal Aberration Theory, that applies to rotationally non-symmetric optical systems.
• Martin C. Richardson with the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida (US) is the 2013 recipient of the Harold E. Edgerton Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of high-speed diagnostics of transient dense-plasmas.
• David J. Brady of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (US) is the 2013 winner of the Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of his development of compressive holographic and tomographic imaging systems and for advances in the physical and information science of imaging and spectroscopy.
• Samuel Harvey Moseley of the US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland (US) is the 2013 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award in recognition of his extraordinary inventions of superconducting imaging arrays for astronomy, ranging from sub-millimetre bolometers to energy-sensitive x-ray micro-calorimeters and even dark-matter detectors, as well as micro-shutter arrays for the James Webb Space Telescope near infrared (NIR) spectrometer.
• José Jorge Gil of the University of Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain is the 2013 recipient of the G.G. Stokes Award in recognition of his ground-breaking collection of rigorous mathematical descriptions of polarisation that are used widely to interpret experimental data. His work in polarisation optics is a pivotal collection of contributions that form part of the underpinnings of modern polarimetry.
• Małgorzata Kujawińska of Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland is the 2013 recipient of the Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology in recognition of her lifetime of achievements in full-field optical metrology and optical testing: her pioneering contribution to fields such as automatic fringe pattern analysis, integrated interferometric sensors, optical and digital holography, optical tomography, structured light and moiré fringe methods as applied to fields such as experimental mechanics, multimedia, material engineering, civil engineering and art objects measurement and monitoring.
• David Markle of Periodic Structures Inc. in Los Gatos, California (US) is the 2013 recipient of the Frits Zernike Award in Microlithography in recognition of his pivotal role in the development of numerous lithography tools, including the Perkin-Elmer Micralign and Micrascan tools and the Ultratech Stepper. His insights and engineering talents have helped to guide both mechanical and optical designs of lithography tools for the last 40 years.
• Timothy J. White of the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio (US) is the 2013 recipient of the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of his innovative work in the development of light responsive materials and their employment as smart, remotely cued optically and mechanically adaptive devices.
• Barry L. Shoop of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York (US) is the 2013 Educator Award winner in recognition of his development of comprehensive criteria for optical engineering in the undergraduate college curriculum and overseeing the implementation of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requirements used for accreditation of undergraduate (Bachelor of Science, BS) degrees in optical engineering.
• Alan C. Bovik of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas (US) is the 2013 recipient of the SPIE Technology Achievement Award in recognition of his broad and lasting contributions to the field of perception-based image processing.