The Australian Optical Society 


The Australian Optical Society is seeking nominations for the next award of this medal, which is for an outstanding career contribution to the field of optics in Australia or New Zealand by a member of the Australian Optical Society.

This Medal is the most prestigious award of the Australian Optical Society. It would normally be presented only to a nominee at an advanced stage of their professional career and with a strong and sustained record of authority, enterprise and innovation in the field of optics in Australia or New Zealand.

Nominations may be made either by or on behalf of any eligible candidate. The selection panel reserves the option to seek additional information about candidates for the award.

It is hoped that the awarded person will be able to receive the medal and present an invited talk at the next AOS Conference.

Selection criteria for the award

  1. Demonstrated a significant research contribution to the field of optics and photonics in Australia and/or New Zealand;
  2. Demonstrated support and contribution to the optics and photonics communities in Australia and/or New Zealand. Examples include the promotion of learning and understanding of optics in Aus/NZ.
  3. Seniority of their carrier stage.

The nomination should include

  1. Nomination letter emphasising the main contributions made by the nominee to Australian and/or New Zealand optics.
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. List of publications
  4. Two letters of support
Nominations should be sent to the AOS Secretary. The Prize is judged by a committee appointed by the AOS Council.


      Previous winners of the medal are:

  • 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
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