Marlan Scully will receive the Herbert Walther Award on May 24, 2011
"The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are proud to announce the joint 2011 Herbert Walther Award will be presented to Marlan Scully of Texas A&M and Princeton Universities for his "fundamental and applied contributions: from the quantum theory of optical and micro-masers to the quantum eraser, and from inversionless and correlated emission lasers to anthrax detection."
"Marlan Scully is one of the world's most distinguished scientists in the field of quantum optics," said Luiz Davidovich, chair of OSA's Herbert Walther Award Selection Committee. "We are delighted to present the 2011 Walther Award to a true pioneer of this field, whose work has constantly stimulated new research directions, while also inspiring young scientists to follow in his footsteps".
A fellow of OSA, APS, AAAS, the Max Planck Society and the National Academy of Sciences, Scully's career features a vast set of contributions to the field of quantum optics and physics. He is known for developing the quantum theory of the laser, inventing the concepts of correlated emission, developing micro-maser theory, discovering the concept of the quantum eraser, contributing to the formulation of the theory of laser gyroscopes and free electron lasers, co-leading the first experiment demonstrating lasing without inversion, carrying out the first demonstration of room temperature slow light, and developing a comprehensive theory of the dynamics of Bose-condensation, among many other contributions. Scully has published more than 500 papers, which have been cited over 20,000 times."