This award recognises innovations and technical advances in the field of Optics. In particular, the award seeks to recognise strong efforts in translational optical research towards industrial applications and commercialisation by an individual or small team.
In assessing nominations, the committee will view favourably cases that demonstrate examples of achievement other than traditional academic measures of papers and citations, though these may be included where relevant. Examples might include patents, prototype development, or innovative solutions to challenging technical problems in research translation or commercialisation. Nominations of non-academic technical staff and industrial employees is strongly encouraged.
The work for which the award is made must have been carried out principally in Australia or New Zealand.The winner will receive a prize consisting of $300 cash, one year's free membership of AOS, and an invitation to attend the AOS conference and make an oral presentation of their work.
The prize was known as the Technical Optics Award from 1995 to 2016. In 2017 it was renamed the John Love Award.
Previous winners of the Prize have been:
Nominations are now invited from (or on behalf of) suitable candidates and should include: