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John Bowers Wins 2012 John Tyndall Award

Posted by Samuel Eiferman on 20th November 2011 in Optics

The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society  are pleased to  announce that John Bowers, Fred Kavil Chair in  Nanotechnology and director of  the Institute for Energy Efficiency at  the University of California, Santa  Barbara, is the recipient of the  2012 John Tyndall Award. Bowers is being  recognized for “pioneering  research in hybrid-silicon lasers and photonic  integrated circuits.”

Bowers, who is also a professor in the Departments of Electrical  and  Computer Engineering and Materials at UC Santa Barbara, received his  M.S.  and Ph.D. from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell  Laboratories  and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara in 1987.  Bowers has made numerous  contributions to the field of optical  communications – including more than 450  published journal articles,  eight book chapters, 700 conference papers and 52  patents – and has  been recognized for this work throughout the course of his  career.  Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of   IEEE, OSA, and the American Physical Society. He is a recipient of the  OSA  Holonyak Prize, the IEEE Photonics Society William Strifer Award,  and the South  Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year  Award.

The Tyndall Award recognizes Bowers’ international  leadership in the  development of novel optoelectronic devices, including  groundbreaking  research in hybrid-silicon lasers and photonic integrated  circuits.  This hybrid technology lowers the costs of photonic sub-systems and   allows optical communication technology to be applied to areas where it  has  been prohibitively expensive.

“John has been an active leader in the research and application  of  optical communications,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “His work on   hybrid-silicon lasers and computer circuitry sets the stage for the next   generation of optoelectronic devices and paves the way for faster,  more  efficient optical communications technology.”

Bowers will be presented the award during the plenary  session of the  2012 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and  Exposition/National  Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) taking place at the Los Angeles  Convention Center March 4 – 8.

“John’s ground-breaking work on hybrid-silicon lasers has  allowed us  to combine the light-generating capability of III-V compounds with  the  fabrication advantages of silicon integrated waveguides,” said IEEE  Photonics  Society Executive Director Rich Linke. “We are excited to  celebrate John’s  achievements at OFC/NFOEC where the full optical   communications community comes together to highlight advancements and  share  ideas.”

The Tyndall Award is the highest recognition in the optical  communications  community and is co-sponsored by OSA and the IEEE  Photonics Society. First  presented in 1987, the Tyndall Award  recognizes an individual who has made  pioneering, highly significant,  or continuing technical or leadership contributions  to fiber optics  technology. Corning, Inc. endows the award, a glass sculpture  that  represents the concept of total internal reflection. The award is named   for the 19th century scientist who was the first to demonstrate a  phenomenon of  internal reflection.