Quantum Electronics Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award is given to honor an individual (or group of individuals) for outstanding technical contributions to quantum electronics, either in fundamentals or applications, or both. The Award may be for a single contribution or for a distinguished series of contributions over a long period of time. The Award consists of an honorarium of $4000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference. 

Please note that no candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work.  Previous winners of a Photonics Society Career Award (Aron Kressel, Engineering Achievement, Quantum Electronics, William Streifer Scientific Achievement) are not eligible candidates for consideration of the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. 

2021 Honoree



Miles Padgett

For pioneering research on the fundamentals and applications of optical angular momentum.



Miles Padgett is a Royal Society Research Professor and also holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland UK. Miles is a Fellow of the Royal Society and is internationally known for his leadership in the field of optics and in particular of optical momentum as recognised by the award of number of national and international prizes including the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society (2019) and the Max Born Award of the Optica (2017). His best-known contributions to the understanding of optical angular momentum include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized objects, the use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems and an angular form of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) quantum paradox. In both 2019 and 2020 he was named by Web of Science as a globally highly-cited researcher.

Miles is currently the Lead Scientist of QuantIC, the UK's Centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging. The centre brings together eight Universities with more than 40 industry partners to pioneer a family of multidimensional cameras operating across a range of wavelengths, time-scales and length-scales. His own research team covers all things optical, from the basic ways in which light behaves as it pushes and twists the world around us, to the application of new optical techniques in imaging and sensing. They are currently using the classical and quantum properties of light to explore the laws of quantum physics in accelerating frames, microscopes that see through noise, shaped light that overcomes diffraction-limited resolution and endoscopes the width of a human hair.

During his 5-year term as Vice-Principal for Research (2014-19) at Glasgow Miles and his colleagues championed how an improved research culture was not an alternative to excellence but rather what would allow more of us to excel. Miles recognises that research is not a solo sport but instead a team game and celebrates the academic and post-academic careers of his former group members, the most recent of which are featured on his group’s website https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/research/groups/optics/

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