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ISSNAF Stories

9/29/23

Video Interview

Discipline:

Physics, Physics and Maths

Federico Capasso

Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University - ISSNAF Founder and Honorary Board Member - Recipient of the ISSNAF 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University

ISSNAF Founder and Honorary Board Member
Recipient of the ISSNAF 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

Bio:

Federico Capasso holds a Doctor of Physics degree from the University of Roma, La Sapienza. He is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where his career advanced from postdoctoral fellow to Vice President for Physical Research. He has made wide ranging contributions to optics and photonics, nanoscience, designer materials  leading to his invention of the quantum cascade laser; he pioneered metasurfaces,  discovering their generalized laws of refraction and reflection,  and metaoptics,  such as  high performance metalenses. He is a co-founder and board member of Metalenz Inc. (https://www.metalenz.com/), which is focused on commercializing metaoptics for high-volume markets.

Prof. Capasso is Clarivate citation laureate for physics in 2023 which recognizes an exceptional citation record within the Web of Science™.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Academia Europaea, the Accademia dei Lincei, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). His awards include the Balzan Prize in Applied Photonics, the King Faisal Prize, the AAAS Rumford Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize, the Yves Medal of Optica,  the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society,  the Matteucci Medal, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Materials Research Society Medal and the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science. He holds honorary doctorates from Lund University, Diderot University, the University of Bologna and University of Roma, Tor Vergata.

Interview with:

WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW that was recorded at the time Prof. Capasso was awarded the 2023 ISSNAF Lifetime Achievement Award.


Watch the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony including Prof. Capasso’s remarks.

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