The W.H. (Beattie) Steel Medal is the most prestigious award of the Australian and New Zealand Optical Society. The medal, named in honour of the Society's first Chair and a distinguished member of the Australian optics community, is awarded annually to recognise an outstanding career contribution to the field of optics in Australia or New Zealand by a member of ANZOS.
The award is normally presented to a nominee at an advanced stage of their professional career with a strong and sustained record of leadership, service, and innovation in the field of optics in Australia and/or New Zealand. It is hoped that the successful nominee will be able to receive the medal and deliver a talk at the next ANZOS Conference following the announcement of the award.
Nominations may be made either by or on behalf of any eligible candidate. The award is judged by a committee appointed by the ANZOS Council. The committee reserves the option to seek additional information about candidates for the award.
Applications from female candidates and members of other historically under-represented and disadvantaged groups in STEM are strongly encouraged.
Previous winners of the medal are:
- 2022: Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, University of Adelaide
- 2021: Emeritus Professor Peter Hannaford - Swinburne University
- 2020: Professor Ben Eggleton - University of Sydney
- 2019: Professor Chennupati Jagadish - Australian National University
- 2018: Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop - University of Queensland
- 2017: Professor Yuri Kivshar - Australian National University
- 2016: Emeritus Professor Tony Klein - University of Melbourne
- 2015: Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn - The University of Sydney
- 2014: Professor Tanya Monro - The University of Adelaide
- 2013: Professor John Harvey - The University of Auckland
- 2012: Professor Barry Luther-Davies - The Australian National University
- 2011: Professor Min Gu - Swinburne University
- 2010: Professor Han Bachor - The Australian National University
- 2009: Professor John Love - The Australian National University
- 2008: Mr Achim Leistner - CSIRO
- 2007: Professor Kenneth Baldwin - The Australian National University
- 2005: Professor Brian Orr - Macquarie University
- 2004: Professor Ross McPhedran - University of Sydney
- 1999: Professor Dan Walls - University of Auckland
- 1997: Professor Jim Piper - Macquarie University
- 1996: Dr Parameswaran Hariharan - University of Sydney and CSIRO
- 1995: Mr Bill James - James Optics, Melbourne