Dr. J.C. Minano receives A. E. Conrady Award

    Light Prescriptions Innovators’ Associate Dr. Juan Carlos Miñano has been named the 2010 recipient of the A. E. Conrady Award by the officers and directors of SPIE- the International Society of Optical Engineers. The A. E. Conrady Award is presented annually in recognition of exceptional contributions in design, construction, and testing of optical systems and instrumentation. The recognition of this award is based on developments of new equipment, techniques, and applications for designing, testing, analyzing, and/or evaluating optical systems, components, and theories.

    On April 12th, at the SPIE Conference in Brussels, Belgium, SPIE Awards Committee presented Dr. Juan Carlos Miñano, Associate Scientist of LPI and Professor at the UPM with the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions in developing new design methods and devices in nonimaging optics. A $2,000 honorarium was also sponsored by Optical Research Associates. In the photograph, SPIE President Ralph James (left) presents the award to Dr. Miñano (right).

    For more information on Dr. Miñano click here

    Other Recent Recipients of the A. E. Conrady Award include:

    2009 – Roland Winston
    2008 – Adolf Lohmann
    2007 – Elllis M. Betensky
    2006 – Virendra N. Mahajan
    2005 – David R. Shafer
    2004 – Juan L. Rayces
    2003 – George Hunter
    2002 – David G. Demaine
    2000 – Abe Offner

    Professor A. E. Conrady’s optical work led to a large number of new types of telescopic, microscopic, and photographic lens systems as well as most of the new forms of submarine periscopes and of other Service instruments developed after the 1st World War. The success of this work led to his appointment in 1917 to the principal teaching post of the newly-founded Technical Optics Department at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London.

    Professor Conrady changed the entire discipline of optical design by creating a systematic, process and applying many of his newly devised procedures and theoretical insights, The doctrine of the optical path length (OPL) and optical path difference (OPD) were two of these insights.

    Professor Conrady’s most important work was Applied Optics and Optical Design, (Oxford UP, 1929). This book laid out the basic system for the practical design of all kinds of optical instruments. The book is a classic which is widely used and referenced. Although its methods of computation have been superseded by computer “ray-tracing” lens design, the theory and mathematical insights remain valid. (biographical sketch based on information from Wikipedia).