The Optical Society (OSA) promotes the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics.
OSA Adolph Lomb Medal
Adolph Lomb was OSA's treasurer from its founding until his death in 1932. In recognition of his devotion to OSA and the advancement of optics, the Adolph Lomb Medal, established in 1940, is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early age. The candidate cannot be older than the age of 35 in the calendar year of presentation.
For pioneering contributions to nonlinear optical phenomena and all-optical switching in optical fibers.
The Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, established in 1997, honors Nick Holonyak Jr., who has made distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor based light emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications.