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OFC 2024 Awards Ceremony

Optica is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our community.

Please join us in congratulating the following honorees who were recognized during OFC 2024. Our thanks to Corning Incorporated for supporting the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.

John Tyndall Award

Presented annually, the award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to optical-fiber technology that have met the test of time and are of proven benefit to science, technology, or society. Established in 1987, the award honors the memory of John Tyndall, who made distinguished contributions to physics. It is jointly presented by the IEEE Photonics Society and Optica and is funded by Corning Incorporated.

David Richardson
Microsoft, UK

For pioneering contributions to the development of optical fibres and their applications and commercialization in fiber
lasers and optical communications.


David Richardson Medal
Presented annually, the medal recognizes those who have made significant contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector. Established in 1966, the medal honors David Richardson’s unique contributions to applied optics. It is endowed by Cary Instruments (formerly Applied Physics Corporation) and Gary Duck.

Radhakrishnan Nagarajan
Marvell, USA

For the successful manufacturing and commercialization of InP and Si-based photonic integrated circuits for use as optical interconnects with a wide range of applications


2024 Fellows

Recognizing Optica members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics through distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business leadership and society. View a complete list of 2024 Fellows.

Wim Bogaerts
Ghent University – IMEC, Ghent, Belgium
For seminal contributions to design methodologies for silicon photonics and to research on programmable photonic circuits


Lukas Chrostowski
The University of British Columbia, Canada
For establishing an international design, fabrication, and test ecosystem in silicon photonics, and developing high-performance and photonic integrated circuit components


Vittorio Curri, PhD
Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
For outstanding scientific contributions on multi-band physical layer aware open and disaggregated optical networks


Hossein Hashemi
University of Southern California, USA
For contributions to silicon photonics integrated circuits including optical phased arrays, coherent lidar, and laser phase noise reduction


Jin Hong
Hisense Broadband Inc., USA
For outstanding contributions in leading research and development of integrated photonic products for optical communication


Patrick Iannone
Nokia Bell Labs, USA
For pioneering research in architectures and evolution strategies for optical access networks and long-standing  leadership in the optical community


Jun-ichi Kani
NTT Access Service Systems Laboratories, NTT Corporation, Japan
For achievements and leadership in advancing optical access architecture and technologies



Alan Pak Tao Lau
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China
For developing digital signal processing techniques for optical communication systems


Bryan Robinson
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA
For extraordinary contributions to the advancement of satellite laser communications technology


Jawad A. Salehi
Sharif University of Technology, Iran
For contributions to the invention and fundamental principles of optical code-division multiple-access communication systems and of optical orthogonal codes


Stephen T. C. Wong
Methodist Hospital Cancer Center and Academic Institute; Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
For outstanding contributions in pioneering CARS imaging in medicine and high content microscopic screening for drug discovery and biological research


Chao-Hsin (Wayne) Wu
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
For outstanding achievements in high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and pioneering work in optoelectronic integration with light-emitting transistors and transistor lasers


Benyuan Zhu
OFS Laboratories, USA
For far reaching contributions in optical transmission systems and optical fiber development

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