Gordon Memorial Speakership

Present on quantum information and optics at CLEO.

Program Prize

US$1,500 honorarium

Established in 2014 with the support of the Gordon family, the James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment provides funding for a speakership on Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to a CLEO invited speaker. This speakership pays tribute to Jim's numerous high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the demonstration of the maser. A maximum of one (1) recipient will receive a USD 1,500 honorarium. Their presentation will be recorded and archived in our media library. This speakership is endowed by the Gordon family and supporters of the James P. Gordon Memorial Fund and is administered by the Optica Foundation.


Application Information

How to Apply

Submit a paper to CLEO and opt into the competition. Learn more on the conference website.

Important Dates


Applicant Requirements
  • Be an invited speaker at the CLEO conference
  • Have a presentation related to quantum information and/or quantum optics
  • Demonstrated high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics
  • Attend and present at CLEO
  • Be recommended for consideration by a CLEO program chair
  • Agree to let the foundation record their onsite presentation and provide it at no charge through the Optica online media libraryand to use their picture, name and story in program marketing opportunities
Application Requirements
  • CLEO program chairs will nominate a maximum of two invited speakers who fulfil the criteria for eligibility
  • CLEO general chairs will review all recommendations and select a maximum of one speakership recipient
  • The recommendation of the CLEO general chairs is reviewed by the Optica Foundation for final approval

2021 Selection Committee

The recipient is selected by the CLEO conference chairs

2021 Recipient

Chao-Yang Lu
University of Science and Technology of China

Obtained Bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2004, and PhD in Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2011. Since 2011, he is a Professor of Physics at USTC. His current research interest includes quantum computation, solid-state quantum photonics, multiparticle entanglement, quantum teleportation, superconducting circuits, and atomic arrays.

Past Recipients

  • Jelena Vuckovic, QFarm, Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative Stanford (2020)
  • Mark Kasevich, Stanford University, US (2019) 
  • Mikhail Lukin, Harvard Univ., USA (2018)
  • Paul Kwiat, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2017) 
  •  H. Jeff Kimble, California Inst of Technology, USA (2016) 
  •  Jean-Michel Raimond, Universite Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, France  (2015) 

About the Endowment