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Members Of The IEEE Photonics Society Are Honored With IEEE 2024 Medals

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Five (5) IEEE Photonics Society Members were honored with IEEE 2024 Medals.

Learn more about the members honored below, or visit IEEE Awards.


IEEE EDISON MEDAL for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts, sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Recipient: VINCENT W.S. CHAN (LFIEEE)—The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA

Citation: “For pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the fields of space and terrestrial optical communications and networks.”


IEEE NICK HOLONYAK, JR. MEDAL FOR SEMICONDUCTOR OPTOELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES for outstanding contributions to semiconductor optoelectronic devices and systems including high-energy-efficiency semiconductor devices and electronics, sponsored by Friends of Nick Holonyak, Jr., 

Co-Recipients: CONNIE JUI-HUA CHANG-HASNAIN (FIEEE)—Whinnery Chair Professor Emerita, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA & FUMIO KOYAMA (LFIEEE)—Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan

Citation: “For pioneering contributions to vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and VCSEL-based photonics for optical communications and sensing.”


IEEE/RSE JAMES CLERK MAXWELL MEDAL for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields, funded by ARM, Ltd.,

Recipient: KAM Y. LAU (FIEEE)—Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Citation: “For spearheading high-speed semiconductor lasers and RF-over-Fiber Systems, enabling today’s wireline and wireless broadband access.”


IEEE JUN-ICHI NISHIZAWA MEDAL for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application, sponsored by the IEEE Jun-ichi Nisizawa Medal Fund, Japan

Recipient: JOHN E. BOWERS (LFIEEE)—Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Citation: “For contributions to photonic integrated circuit technologies.”