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SPIE Awards for WUT scientists

Professor Małgorzata Kujawińska (Scientific Council of Priority Research Photonic Technologies) and Professor Krzysztof Patorski (both from the Photonics Engineering Division, Micromechanics and Photonics Institute, Faculty of Mechatronics) were among the winners of prestigious scientific awards granted by The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Professor Małgorzata Kujawińska and Professor Krzysztof Patorski.

SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology

Krzysztof Patorski, the Warsaw University of Technology, is the 2021 recipient of the SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology in recognition of his seminal contributions to diffraction, interferometry, moiré fields, and fringe analysis with applications in optical metrology, experimental mechanics, and biomedical engineering.

The SPIE Chandra S. Vikram Award in Optical Metrology is presented for exceptional contribution to the field of optical metrology. The award may be presented for a specific achievement, development, or invention of significant importance to optical metrology, or may be given for lifetime achievement.

Chandra S. Vikram (October 31, 1950 - August 17, 2007) was an expert in the fields of holography and speckle metrology, authoring over 140 papers and a book Particle Field Holography published by Cambridge University Press. He was a Fellow of Optical Society of America and SPIE, and received the Dennis Gabor Award from SPIE. He discovered critical limiting needs of two-color holography for heat and mass transfer studies; pioneered the use of Spacelab-III reconstructed wavefronts; and established a new method of residual stress measurement by laser heating and speckle correlation interferometry. He received a certificate of recognition from NASA for his work done under its Advanced Technology Program.

SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics

Małgorzata Kujawinska, the Warsaw University of Technology, is the 2021 winner of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in recognition of her outstanding and manifold contributions to the holographic technologies in optical metrology, optical imaging, and optical information processing as well as her extraordinary dedication to the SPIE community and widely recognized international leadership in applied optical engineering.

The SPIE Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications.

Dennis Gabor (June 5, 1900-February 9, 1979) was a Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist, most notable for inventing holography, for which he later received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics. Gabor also researched how human beings communicate and hear, resulting in the theory of granular synthesis. This and work in related areas was foundational in the development of time-frequency analysis.