The Optical Society Honors John E. Bowers

WASHINGTON, April 29—The Optical Society (OSA) has awarded John E. Bowers the Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award in recognition of his fundamental and technological advances in active hybrid silicon photonic devices including lasers, modulators, amplifiers and silicon-based active photonic integrated circuits. Bowers is the director of the Multidisciplinary Optical Switching Technology Center and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“OSA is honored to recognize the leaders in the field of optics,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA executive director. “John Bowers has demonstrated tremendous ingenuity and has proved himself to be invaluable to the understanding of optics and photonics. OSA congratulates him on his outstanding achievements.”

The Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award was established in 1997 and recognizes significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based devices and optical materials, including basic science and technological applications. Bowers joins an exceptional group of 11 past Holonyak, Jr. Award recipients. OSA conferred 17 awards and medals this year recognizing various achievements in the optics and photonics field.

The selection process for all OSA awards begins with the submission of a nomination form, along with a brief citation summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments with a particular emphasis on those that make him/her a candidate for the award, a one-page narrative on the most significant events in the candidate’s career, a curriculum vitae and a minimum of four letters of reference for the candidate. The OSA Board of Directors appoints a committee to oversee each award or medal selection process. The committee is then responsible for the evaluation of each nominee and the selection of the person who is most deserving of the award. Finally, the committee’s selection is presented to the OSA Board of Directors for their review and final approval.

“Every year the OSA Board recognizes and honors by these awards the innovative work of outstanding OSA members,” said OSA President Tom Baer. “These recipients who hail from all areas of optics and photonics are true luminaries in the field and it is our great pleasure to recognize their distinguished accomplishments.”

About OSA
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