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Robert Alfano received the 2019 SPIE Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the society, during the awards banquet at the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference this month.
Alfano, professor of science and engineering at The City College of New York and a member of the Photonics Media advisory board, was recognized for his numerous achievements and contributions to the advancement of knowledge on the fundamental properties of materials and their interaction with light in areas of biology, condensed matter, semiconductors, tunable lasers, and biomedical optics.
Robert Alfano (r) receiving his award from SPIE President-Elect John Greivenkamp. Courtesy of SPIE.
Among Alfano’s most notable achievements is the discovery and…