The Optical Society Names Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh the 2021 David Richardson Medal Recipient


The Optical Society is pleased to announce that Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences & ICREA-Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the David Richardson Medal. Ebrahim-Zadeh is honored for contributions to the advancement of nonlinear optical technology and commercial development of cutting-edge optical parametric oscillators.

Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of St. Andrews, UK. He was a Royal Society of London University Research Fellow until 2001 and was simultaneously Reader at St. Andrews until 2003. Since 2003, he has been the ICREA Professor and Group Leader at ICFO.

Ebrahim-Zadeh has long been at the forefront of research in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) and nonlinear frequency conversion technology. He has made pioneering scientific and technological contributions to the field that have transformed OPOs from proof-of principle conceptual devices to viable coherent sources in difficult spectral regions inaccessible to lasers. He is an international leader in commercial and industrial advancement of OPO technology, founding the company Radiantis in 2005 and serving as president and chief scientist. Today, the company is recognized as a leading manufacturer of advanced OPO systems and frequency conversion technology worldwide.

He has received a number of honors and awards, including two Royal Society of London Merit Awards, the Innova Prize for technology innovation and commercial enterprise and the Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize. He is a Fellow of OSA and SPIE.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Richardson Medal, which recognizes significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. It honors David Richardson’s unique contributions to applied optics, and is endowed by Cary Instruments and Gary Duck.