John Tyndall Award

The John Tyndall Award is presented annually to a single individual who has made outstanding contributions in any area of optical-fiber 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 have met the test of time and should have been of proven benefit to science, technology, or society. The contributions may be experimental or theoretical.  Established in 1987, this award is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society and the The Optical Society (OSA). Nominees need not be members of the sponsoring societies. The Award is endowed by Corning Inc. and consists of a specially commissioned Steuben crystal sculpture, a scroll, and an honorarium. The presentation is made the following year at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).

 2018 Honoree

WinzerPeter J. Winzer

For contributions to understanding and advancing the capacity of coherent optical communication systems including advanced modulation formats and spatial multiplexing.




Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology, where he worked on space-borne lidar and laser communications for the European Space Agency. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on many aspects of fiber-optic communications, including advanced optical modulation, multiplexing, and detection. He has contributed to several high-speed optical transmission records from 100 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s and has been widely promoting spatial multiplexing to overcome the optical networks capacity crunch. He has amply published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), including service as Program Chair of ECOC 2009, Program/General Chair of OFC 2015/17, and the current Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. Dr. Winzer is a Highly Cited Researcher, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.



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