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).

 2023 Honoree

Li Ming Jun 14.90 1C


Ming-Jun Li

For seminal contributions to advances in optical fiber technology.


Dr. Ming-Jun Li received the B.S. degree in applied physics from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 1983, the M.S. degree in optics and signal processing from the University of Franche-Comte, Besancon, France, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree in physics from University of Nice, Nice, France, in 1988.

Dr. Li joined Corning Incorporated in 1991 and is currently a Corporate Fellow. He has contributed to many optical fiber products including bend insensitive fiber for fiber-to-the-home, large effective area fiber, ultra-low polarization mode dispersion fiber and ultra-low loss fiber for high data rate transmission, low stimulated Brillouin scattering fiber for analog transmission, high bandwidth multimode fiber for data centers, multicore fibers and few mode fibers for space division multiplexing, various specialty fibers for connectors, fiber lasers, sensors and endoscopes, and glass waveguide devices for optical interconnect and sensing applications.

Dr. Li received the 1988 French National Prize on Guided-wave Optics, and Corning’s 2005 Stookey Award. He was a member of teams who won 1999 R&D 100 Award for LEAF® fiber, 2008 R&D 100 Award for ClearCurve® fiber, 2008 ACS Northeast Regional Industrial Innovation Award, Corning’s 2016 Outstanding External Publication Award, and 2017 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for ClearCurve bend-insensitive optical fiber in 2022. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Optica. He holds 265 U.S. patents and has published 7 book chapters and over 330 papers in journals and for conferences. He has served as Associate Editor and Coordinating Committee Member, and Deputy Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology. He has also served as guest editor for several special journal issues and as general chair, program chair, subcommittee chair and member for many international conferences.

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