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 Optica. 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 at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC).

 2022 Honoree

Meint 2015

Meint Smit

For leadership in building a photonic integration ecosystem, and pioneering contributions to key photonic devices including the arrayed waveguide grating.


Meint Smit received his PhD from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.  He was the leader of the Photonic Integrated Circuits Group at Delft University before joining Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he leads the Photonic Integration Group at the COBRA Research Institute of TU/e.

He started his research in photonic integration in 1981, invented the Arrayed Waveguide Grating and was closely involved in the introduction of MMI-couplers, key components in Photonic ICs. He is the founder of the JePPIX platform, the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits, and he is highly involved in the development of the InP-based photonic foundry system in Europe. Smit is an IEEE Fellow and has received an ERC Advanced Grant, a LEOS Technical Achievement Award, and a Rank Prize for Optoelectronics.

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