Robert Alfano garners first Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

Robert Alfano, distinguished professor of physics at City College of New York (New York, NY), has been awarded the first SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award in recognition of his pioneering work in biomedical optics and ultrafast laser spectroscopy.

Among Alfano's many achievements, he was co-discoverer of the supercontinuum white light source, the SPIE award citation notes.

A longtime SPIE conference chair and committee member and a prolific author, Alfano was instrumental in the founding of the Biomedical Optics (BiOS) symposium at SPIE Photonics West. He has published more than 700 papers, and has 108 patents and more than 11,000 citations. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Optics since its founding in 1996.

The Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award will be presented annually, to honor contributions to optical methods and devices that have significant promise to accelerate or have already facilitated new discoveries in biology or medicine.

Alfano will receive the award on January 23, 2012, during the BiOS Hot Topics session at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, CA.


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