Prize Recipient

Ian Walmsley
University of Oxford


"For the development of concepts and methods for the complete characterization of ultrashort electromagnetic pulses by means of spectral shearing interferometry."


Ian A. Walmsley received a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London in 1980, and  Ph.D. from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester  in 1986. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell until 1988, when he took up a faculty position at the University of Rochester. He served as Director of the Institute of Optics in 2000  2001, before taking up the Hooke Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford in 2001.  From 2002  2009 he was the Head of the Atomic and Laser Physics, becoming the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2009. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Physics (UK). He received the Leibinger Innovationspreis in 2006, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2007 and an honorary degree from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 2008.  His research interests span a range of optical physics, from ultrafast coherent control to quantum optics. Recent activity includes the development of metrology for complex space-time pulsed optical fields, and the development of quantum communications and other technologies, including broadband quantum memories and methods for characterization and calibration of quantum detectors.

Selection Committee:

Timothy Graber, Chair; E. Ivanov; A. Macrander; D. Rugar; J.A. Stroscio