Prizes awarded by the Optoelectronics Fund

2016 
Prof. C.P. Dragone
£25,000
Prof. M.K. Smit
£25,000
Prof. H. Takahashi
£25,000
For the invention and practical implementation of the arrayed waveguide grating
   
2014
Prof. A.R. Adams £15,000
Prof. E.P. O'Reilly £15,000
Dr. G.C. Osbourn £15,000
Prof. E. Yablonovitch £15,000
For their pioneering work on strained-layer laser structures.
   
Prof. L. Hollberg £15,000
Dr. S. Knappe £15,000
Dr. J.E. Kitching £15,000
For the conception and realisation of the atomic clock on a chip.
   
2012
 
Prof. R.C. Hardie £50,000
For his outstanding contributions to the study of the physiology of insect vision.
   
Prof. A. Zisserman £50,000
For his outstanding contributions to modern computer vision.
   
2010  
Dr. S.E. Blum £15,000
Dr. F.A. L’Esperance, Jnr £15,000
Dr. R. Srinivasan £15,000
Dr. S.L. Trokel £15,000

Dr. J.J. Wynne

£15,000
For the application of excimer laser surgery to refractive correction of the cornea.
   
2008  
Professor P.B. Denyer £30,000
Dr. D. Renshaw £20,000
Dr. M. Lu £15,000
Professor G. Wang £15,000
Awarded for their work on the first CMOS image sensors for digital cameras.
   
Professor M.V Srinivasan £45,000
Awarded for his work on insect vision and its implications for robotics.
   
2006  
Dr. C.H. Bennett £12,500
Prof. G. Brassard £12,500
Dr. S.J. Wiesner £12,500
For research on the original concept of quantum cryptography.
 
Prof. A.P. Alivisatos £10,000
Dr. M.P. Bruchez £10,000
Dr. W.C.W. Chan £10,000
Prof. S.M. Nie £10,000
Prof. S. Weiss £10,000
For realisation of quantum dot nanocrystals as biological labels.
   
2004  
Dr. A. Geisen £30,000
For the invention of thin disc lasers.
 
Dr. R.H.H. Kröger £20,000
Prof. M.C.W. Campbell £10,000
Prof. R.D. Fernald £10,000
Prof. H-J. Wagner £10,000
In recognition of their work on compensation for chromatic defocus in lenses of vertebrates.
 
Prof. D. Dacey £20,000
Prof. B.B. Lee £10,000
Prof. J. Pokorny £10,000
Prof. V.C. Smith £10,000
In recognition of their work on new pathways in the visual system.
   
2002  
Dr. K.O. Hill £16,000
Dr. B.K. Garside £8,000
Dr. G. Meltz £8,000
Dr. W.W. Morey £8,000
For the invention and development of practical Fibre Bragg Gratings.
 
Prof. J.G. Fujimoto £20,000
Prof. C.A. Puliafito £10,000
Mr. E.A. Swanson £10,000
For the invention and application of optical coherence tomography.
 
Dr. R.D. Burnham £12,500
Prof. K. Iga £12,500
Dr. D.R. Scifres £12,500
For the invention of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers.
   
2000  
Prof. E. Snitzer £35,000
For the invention of cladding-pumped fibre lasers.
 
Prof. W. Denk £20,000
Prof. W.W. Webb £20,000
For the invention of multi-photon fluorescence microscopy.
   
1998  
Professor M.F. Land £30,000
In recognition of his lifelong research showing that different animals create images of the surrounding world using an astonishing diversity of methods, some of which can be imitated in man-made instruments.
 
Dr. S. Nakamura £20,000
Prof. I. Akasaki £10,000
Prof. H. Amano £10,000
Prof. J.I. Pankove £10,000
For contributions to the invention of nitride based blue and green semiconductor diode lasers.
 
Dr. F. Capasso £15,000
Prof. J. Faist £15,000
Dr. R.F. Kazarinov £10,000
Prof. R.A. Suris £10,000
For contributions to the invention and realisation of the quantum cascade laser.
   
1997  
Prof. W. Sibbett £30,000
For the invention of the Kerr lens mode locking technique for solid state lasers.
 
Prof. Sir Peter Mansfield £20,000
Dr. I.L. Pykett £10,000
Dr. R.R. Rzedzian £10,000
In recognition of significant contributions to the  development and commercial exploitation of echo planar imaging, not least in the development of novel pulse sequences.
 
Prof. A. Lewis £12,500
Dr. D.W. Pohl £12,500
Prof. M.S. Isaacson £5,000
Dr. A.T. Harootunian £5,000
In recognition of pioneering contributions to the science and applications of near-field optics.
 
Dr. L.J. Hornbeck £20,000
Dr. W.E. Nelson £10,000
For inventing bistable digital micromirror devices based on silicon chips and for pioneering their uses in full colour video projectors which give large bright pictures of high quality using a lamp of normal power.
   
1995  
Dr. W.B. Amos £10,000
Prof. G.J. Brakenhoff £10,000
Prof. M. Minsky £10,000
Dr. J.G. White £10,000
In recognition of their work in developing the scanning confocal microscope to the point where it is used in hundreds of research laboratories worldwide and reveals microstructures not discernible by other methods.
 
Dr. H. Kodama £15,000
Dr. C.W. Hull £10,000
In recognition of Dr. Kodama’s work for devising and demonstrating optoelectronics methods which permit solid objects to be constructed from digital data and Dr. Hull’s contribution in developing, commercialising and naming one such method “stereolithography”.
   
1993  
Dr. H.W. Babcock £15,000
Dr. J. Feinleib £10,000
For work on adaptive optics and laser guide star techniques for astronomical telescopes.
 
Dr. A. Ashkin £15,000
Dr. J.M. Dziedzic £10,000
For work on optical tweezers for biological applications which use focused laser light to trap and manipulate virus particles, living cells and other biological entities whilst allowing them to maintain viability.
 
Prof. R.M. Park £10,000
Dr. H. Cheng £5,000
Dr. J.M. DePuydt £5,000
Dr. M.A. Haase £5,000
Dr. J. Qiu £5,000
For work on the doping technique which allowed p-type zinc selenide to be grown successfully and the subsequent demonstration of laser action in the blue green spectral region using laser diodes fabricated from II-VI materials.
   
1992  
Prof. E.H. Adelson £10,000
Prof. J.A. Movshon £10,000
Prof. W.T. Newsome £10,000
Prof. S. Zeki £10,000
For research that has shown how the brain analyses movement and colour in the visual image.
 
Dr. M.F. Golde £6,000
Dr. G.A. Hart £6,000
Dr. S.K. Searles £6,000
Prof. D.W. Setser £6,000
Prof. B.A. Thrush £6,000
Dr. J.E. Velazco Reckling £6,000
For their discoveries leading to the development of the rare gas halide excimer lasers.
 
Dr. R.H. Clarke £10,000
Dr. A.I. Grant £10,000
Dr. M.T. Macpherson £10,000
Dr. D.G. Stevens £10,000
For their contributions to the creation of the first and only proven operational airborne laser fluorosensor for use in oil exploration.
   
1991  
Dr. D.N. Payne £25,000
Prof. W.A. Gambling £20,000
For their work on the development of special optical fibres and their leadership in demonstrating new applications for optical fibres.
 
Dr. L.F. Mollenauer £25,000
Dr. A. Hasegawa £20,000
For their work on soliton propagation in optical fibres.
 
Prof. L.J. Kricka £10,000
Dr. G.H.G. Thorpe £10,000
Prof. T.P. Whitehead £10,000
Dr. T.J.N. Carter £5,000
Mrs. C.J. Groucutt £5,000
Dr. R.A.W. Stott £5,000
For their contributions to optoelectronic medical instrumentation as exemplified by enhanced chemiluminescent immunoassays.
   
1989  
Dr. A. Labeyrie £25,000
For his invention of stellar speckle interferometry and the development of instrumental methods employing this technique.
 
 
Dr. F.W. Taylor £15,000
Dr. J.T. Houghton £10,000
Dr. G.D. Peskett £5,000
Dr. C.D. Rodgers £5,000
For the invention, development and exploitation of the pressure modulator radiometer.
 
Prof. B.K.P. Horn £25,000
For his pioneering work which led to practical systems for computer vision.
   
1988  
Mr. G.C. Bailey £10,000
Mr. R.F. Lockhart £10,000
Miss A. Hutchinson £10,000
For their work on vidicon cameras applied to space technology.
 
Dr. J. Nathans £20,000
Dr. J.K. Bowmaker £7,500
Dr. G.H. Jacobs £7,500
Dr. J.D. Mollon £7,500
For their work on the genetics of colour blindness and colour vision.
 
Dr. T.P. Brody £15,000
Dr. A.J. Hughes £7,500
Dr. P.G. LeComber £7,500
Prof. W.E. Spear £7,500
Mr. S. Hotta £7,500
Dr. S. Nagata £7,500
Mr. T. Ogawa £7,500
For their pioneering research which has led to thin flat-panel picture displays in pocket-sized television sets.
   
1986  
Dr. P. Kramer £15,000
Mr. G. Bouwhuis £15,000
Dr. K. Compaan £15,000
For their work in establishing the key principles and technologies required for the development and production of the video and audio players and digital memories based on optical disc recording.
 
Dr. J. Grinberg £10,000
Dr. W.P. Bleha £10,000
Dr. A.D. Jacobson £10,000
Mr. T.D. Beard £10,000
For their work on the production of liquid crystal light valves used in large area productions displays of colour television and optical signal processing.
 
Dr. E.H. Putley £10,000
Mr. R. Watton £10,000
Mr. W.M. Wreathall £5,000
Dr. A.J. Goss £5,000
For their work resulting in the production of an infra-red camera tube which combines good performance with ease of operation and low cost, thus enabling thermal imaging to be utilised in a more diverse range of applications.
   
1984  
Prof. D.E.N. Davies £10,000
Dr. S.A. Kingsley £5,000
For their work on optical fibres which led directly to the invention of optical fibre sensors.
 
Dr. D.W. Smith £6,000
Mr. T.G. Hodgkinson £3,000
Mr. D.J. Malyon £3,000
Dr. R. Wyatt £3,000
For their work on coherent fibre systems which will offer great gains in performance and versatility in particular longer range communications without the need for repeater circuits.
   
1982  
Prof. C.F. Quate £30,000
For his work on producing an acoustic microscope using sound rather than light in order to form images.
 
Prof. C.T. Elliott £10,000
For his work in radically simplifying the design and construction of thermal imagers.
   
1980  
Prof. G.W. Gray £10,000
Prof. C. Hilsum £10,000
Dr. E.P. Raynes £10,000
Dr. K.J. Harrison £5,000
Dr. J. Kirton £5,000
For their collaborative work which resulted in the invention and development of a completely new range of liquid crystal materials for flat panel optoelectronic displays.
   
Dr. D. Baylor £7,000
Dr. T. Lamb £7,000
Dr. K.Y. Yau £7,000
For their invention and use, of new experimental techniques which have led to a greater understanding of the mechanism by which the eye achieves its remarkable sensitivity.
   
1978  
Dr. C.K. Kao £17,500
Dr. G.A. Hockham £7,500
For their outstanding contribution to research into the properties of clad optical fibres and their subsequent successful development leading to the commercial production of such fibres which are playing an increasing role into the field of communications.
   
1976  
Mr. W.D. Lawson £15,000
Dr. S. Nielson £7,500
Mr. A.S. Young £2,500
For their outstanding contribution in the field of crystals of cadmium-mercury-telluride (CMT) leading to the application of detectors made from CMT to the successful development of thermal imaging.

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