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NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 KJB PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN. DUE DATE IS APRIL 1, 2014.
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THE KJB PRIZE COMMITTEE IS EXTREMELY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE 2014 kenneth j button prize:
DR. Xi-Cheng Zhang of University of rochester for "outstanding contributions to the field of THZ time domain spectroscopy and applications"

2013 kenneth j button prize:
Dr. KIYOMI SAKAI of NICT for "OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE RANGE OF FAR-INFRARED AND SPECTROSCOPIC TECHNIQUES, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TERAHERTZ TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY"

Kiyomi Sakai

2012 kenneth j button prize:
Dr. gregory nUsinoviCh of university of maryland for "fundamental contributions to the theory and development of gyrotron oscillators and amplifiers with frequencies up to the terahertz range"
Above: Gregory Nusinovich

THE 2011 KENNETH J BUTTON PRIZE WINNER
WAS Professor Dan Grischkowsky of oklahoma state university for "pioneering contributions to the development of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy"

Above: Dan Grischkowsky
THE 2010 KENNETH J BUTTON PRIZE WINNER
WAS PROFESSOR DAVID B. RUTLEDGE
of the California Institute of Technology "For pioneering contributions to millimeter wave technology, including integrated-circuit antennas for sub-millimeter waves, imaging antenna arrays, and quasi-optical systems."




Above: Dave Rutledge (right) accepting the 2010 KJB prize from Committee Chair Terry Parker at the 35th IRMMW-THz Conference in Rome, Italy

DESCRIPTIONOF THE PRIZE
The Kenneth J Button Prize is awarded annually at the International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Science of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. The Prize is named after the founder of the Conference Series and is administered by the Institute of Physics in London. It consists of a bronze medal, a certificate and a cash prize of $3000. At each annual meeting of the Conference, the Kenneth J Button Prize Committee will meet to consider the nominations that have been submitted and will elect the recipient of the Medal and Prize for the following year. The presentation will be made at the following annual meeting of the Conference and the recipient will normally be invited to give a plenary lecture at that meeting.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRIZE
In 1990 an award called "The Infrared and Millimeter Wave Prize", to be awarded “for outstanding contributions to the field of infrared and millimeter waves", was initiated by the Program Council (now known as the International Organizing Committee) and awarded in the first instance to Kenneth J Button, founder of the conference series. The following year it was agreed by the Program Council to rename the Prize “The Kenneth J Button Prize" in recognition of Ken Button's outstanding contributions to the Infrared and Millimeter Wave Community, both as a scientist and as the initiator and driving force of this series of conferences. In September 2013, the criterion for awarding the Prize was changed to its present form: “for outstanding contributions to the science of infrared, millimeter, and terahertz waves”.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE
Any scientist active in the field of the Conference may make a nomination for the K J Button Prize. The closing date for receipt of nominations by the Institute of Physics in London each year will be the same as the deadline for submission of abstracts to the conference, normally about six months before the conference. The exact date each year can be found in the annual Conference Digest and on this website. The closing date will be strictly observed. Any nominations received after that date will be carried forward to the following year.
2015 Prize Nominations will be due on April 1, 2014, the closing date for abstracts for the IRMMW-THz conference in Tucson, Arizona.

To nominate a colleague, please click here for the nomination instructions.

PAST PRIZE WINNERS
The Kenneth J Button Prize
2014 X-C Zhang
2013 K Sakai
2012 G Nusinovich
2011 D Grischkowsky
2010 D B Rutledge
2009 F Keilmann
2008 A Litvak
2007 T J Parker
2006 X C Shen
2005 N C Luhmann, Jr
2004 M F Kimmitt
2003 S G Liu
2002 A Hadni
2001 K R Chu
2000 M Thumm
1999 A J Sievers
1998 K Mizuno
1997 Special bronze medal to B Lax
1997 P L Richards
1996 M I Petelin
1995 R J Temkin
1994 F K Kneubuhl
1993 J-I Nishizawa
1992 D H Martin
1991 M von Ortenberg

The Infrared and Millimeter Wave Prize
1990 K J Button

     

Last update: December 22, 2013