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. No candidate shall have previously received a major IEEE award for the same work. Candidates need not be members of the IEEE or the Photonics Society. The Award consists of an honorarium of $4000 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference. 

2018 Honoree


James Roy Taylor

For seminal contributions to development of ultrashort pulse lasers and applications to nonlinear fiber optics allowing temporal and spectral versatility.




J.R. Taylor (M’97) is Professor of Ultrafast Physics and Technology at Imperial College in London.  He received his PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB) in 1974 for laser research carried out at QUB and Imperial College.  Following two years at the Technical University of Munich he returned to Imperial, where in 1986 he established the Femtosecond Optics Group.  He is widely acknowledged for his influencial basic research and development of diverse lasers systems and their application.  He has contributed extensively to advances in picosecond and femtosecond dye laser technology, compact diode-laser and fibre-laser-pumped vibronic lasers and their wide-ranging application to fundamental studies, such as time resolved photophysics of resonant energy transfer and relaxation pathwyas of biological probes and organic saturable absorbers.  Roy is also particularly noted for his fundamental studies of ultrafast nonlinear optics in fibers, with emphasis on solitons, their amplification, the role of noise and self-effects, such as Raman gain.  He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the Royal Society, London.  He has published over 400 scientific papers, co-authored a book on lasers for schoolchildren and edited/co-edited two research text books on solitons and fibre based spercontinua.  Roy's many and varied contributions have been recognized by the Ernst Abbé Award of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, the Thomas Young Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Oxburgh Medal of the Institute of Measurement and the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society.

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