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Optica Names Andrea Alù the 2024 Max Born Award Recipient

Optica is pleased to announce that Andrea Alù, City University of New York (CUNY), USA, has been selected as the 2024 recipient of the Max Born Award. Alù is honored for pioneering contributions to linear, nonlinear and nonreciprocal photonic metamaterials.

The breadth and impact of Alù's innovative research is pushing the field of physical optics forward. 
Alù is a Distinguished Professor at CUNY, the Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Founding Director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. His research interests span over wave optics, metamaterials, applied electromagnetics, nanophotonics, polaritonics and acoustics. 
He is a full member of International Union of Radio Science, a Life Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of Optica, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, IEEE, the Materials Research Society, SPIE, and the American Physical Society. He has been elected as a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Web of Science) every year since 2017. He has received several additional recognitions for his research activities, including the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award, the SPIE Mozi Award, the IEEE AP-S Distinguished Achievement Award, the Brillouin Medal, the Blavatnik National Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering, the AAAFM Heeger Award, the Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience, the Optica Adolph Lomb Medal and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He has been serving as the Editor in Chief of Optical Materials Express since 2022.

Established in 1982, the Born Award recognizes outstanding contributions to physical optics, theoretical or experimental. It honors Max Born, who made distinguished contributions to physics in general and optics in particular. The award is endowed by the United Technologies Research Center, Physical Optics Corporation, and individuals including Joseph Goodman.

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