Dr. Pavel Cheben receives a Public Service Award of Excellence.
An authority in photonics and integrated optics whose discoveries have advanced many disciplines and brought global attention to Canadian research, Dr. Cheben is widely regarded as the father of subwavelength integrated photonics.
His work includes the discovery of a unique optical waveguide and integration of the Fourier transform spectrometer onto a monolithic chip that has light-gathering capabilities over 100 times that of conventional devices.
He is the only Canadian Fellow of the European Optical Society; he holds the Order of the Slovak Republic; and he served as Lead Director of Integrated Optics College at the UNESCO International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
Nominated by Ruth Rayman, Director General, Advanced Electronics and Photonics, National Research Council Canada