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2010 John Tyndall Award recipient: Randy Giles

The John Tyndall Award is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America. The award is presented annually to a single individual who has made outstanding contributions in any area of optical­fiber technology, including optical fibers themselves, the optical components used in fiber systems, as well as transmission systems and networks using fibers. The contributions which the award recognizes should meet the test of time and should be of proven benefit to science, technology, or society. The contributions may be experimental or theoretical. This award Nominees need not be members of the sponsoring societies. Corning Inc. endorses the award which consists of a glass sculpture, a scroll, and an honorarium. The deadline for nominations is 10 August.

Dr. Randy Giles

     The John Tyndall Award will be presented to Randy Giles, “for seminal contributions to advanced lightwave communications networks including erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, fiber Bragg grating-based subsystems, and MEMs crossconnects.” The presentation will be made during the Plenary Session at OFC/NFOEC 2010 which is taking place 21–25 March 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA USA.
     Dr. Randy Giles is currently director of the Optical Subsystems and Advanced Photonics department in Bell Labs at Alcatel-Lucent. Dr. Giles pioneered the modeling and use of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for lightwave systems, demonstrated the first optical add/drop multiplexers by means of Bragg-grating technology and developed optical network applications of micromachines including scalable optical crossconnects and add/drop multiplexers. He continues to lead and participate in many innovative projects, including new optical network architectures, 100Gb/s transport technology, optical signal processing, and a miniaturized laser-based data projector for the next generation of mobile multimedia devices.
     Dr. Giles is a graduate of the Universities of Victoria (BSc Physics 1976, MSc Physics 1978) and Alberta (PhD Electrical Engineering 1983) in Canada. Before joining Bell Laboratories in 1986, Dr. Giles worked at Nortel’s research labs on their first gigabit optical transmission systems. Dr. Giles is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and was awarded the 2001 Bell Laboratories Fellow. He was presented the Discover Award in 2000 for the invention of the MEMS-based optical crossconnect switch, and the Fraunhofer Award & Burley Prize from the OSA in 2004. In 2008 Dr. Giles was honored as Laureate of the Millennium Technology Prize from the Finnish Government for the development of the erbium-doped fiber amplifier.



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