Pressemitteilung | 07-10-2020

The Optical Society Announces 2021 Fellows Class

WASHINGTON – The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors, at its recent meeting in September, elected 118 members from 24 countries to the Society’s 2021 Fellow Class.

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This year’s cohort reflects a broad and diverse range of achievements in the field of optics and photonics. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including distinguished contributions to education, research, engineering, business and our community. It is worthwhile to note that women account for 19%, or 23 members of the new Class, which is the largest number of women ever elected in one year.  

“Congratulations to the 2021 Fellows,” said 2020 OSA President Stephen Fantone. “Your election, by your peers, is affirmation of your impressive accomplishments within our field. Thank you for your dedication to OSA and for advancing the science of light.”

OSA Fellows are members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics. The OSA Fellow Members Committee, led by Deborah Kane, Macquarie University, Australia, reviewed a record 261 nominations submitted by current OSA Fellows. The committee extends their thanks to all the nominators and references who participated this year. As OSA Fellows can account for no more than 10 percent of the total OSA membership, the election process is highly competitive. Candidates are recommended by the Fellow Members Committee and then submitted for review and approval by the OSA Awards Council and OSA Board of Directors.

The new Fellows will be honored at OSA conferences and meetings throughout 2021.


2021 OSA Fellows Class Members:

Christian Kränkel, Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung, Germany
For significant advancements in the development of new, tailored rare-earth ion-doped gain crystals for visible, near-, and mid-infrared lasers

For all other Fellows:

About The Optical Society

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