The Galileo Galilei Medal Award

Apply before 15th April. See the details below.

The ICO Galileo Galilei Medal contributes to one of the essential missions of the International Commission for Optics: to recognize the promotion of Optics under difficult circumstances. The award was established by the 1993 General Assembly of ICO and has been awarded annually since 1994.

The prize includes:
  • A silver medal with the portrait of Galileo Galilei donated by the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics, SIOF
  • A Citation and a cash donation of US$1.000
  • Assistance in travel to present an invited paper and receive the award at the next ICO Congress or another ICO meeting
    mutually agreed to by the Bureau and the award winner
  • Special attention and appropriate measures of ICO to support the future activities of the award winner
BEFORE 15th April:

An email with all the documents must be send by the nominator to the chair person of the ICO Award: Prof. Natalya Kundikova (

Please note that the ICO Galileo Galilei Medal Award is given for outstanding contributions to the field of optics which are achieved under comparatively unfavourable circumstances, which refers to difficult economic or social conditions or lack of access to scientific or technical facilities or sources of information. If a collective contribution is judged to be worthy of the award, a team of several persons may be exceptionally selected.

  • Signed letters including each nominator’s current affiliation and business address, describing the achievements for which the candidate is nominated for this award and explaining the comparatively unfavourable circumstances
  • A separate pdf file with a full CV of the nominee with the outstanding contributions documented, if applicable, by internationally acknowledged publications. Exceptionally, reports can be considered, provided that they are made available to the Award Committee.

Galileo Galilei Medal Award
Golden Book

List of the recipients of the Galileo Galilei Medal Award in reverse chronological order.


Rahman Chowdhury Mahdy, Bangladesh

“For his outstanding contributions in the areas of optical (main) and quantum mechanical manipulation achieved under comparatively difficult circumstances”


Chittur S. Narayanamurthy, India

“For outstanding contribution to speckle interferometry, optical metrology, optical testing, digital holography and adaptive optics, achieved under comparatively difficult circumstances”.


Victor Balykin, Russia

“For his outstanding contributions to the laser cooling, trapping, control and manipulation of the mechanical motion of atoms”.


Jorge Ojeda-Castañeda, Mexico

“For his elegant insightful contributions in the development of phase-space analysis, self-imaging and diffractionless beams, pioneering groundwork for computational imaging, for discovering class of functions providing extended depth-of-field, and for designing nonconventional devices employing varifocal lenses under significantly unfavorable circumstances”.


Malik Maaza, South Africa

“For extensive contributions to the frontiers of interdisciplinary research that involved both theoretical and experimental developments in the fundamental aspects of femtosecond lasermatter interactions under comparatively difficult circumstances”.


Debabrata Goswami, India

“For his contribution the use of coherent control with femtosecond pulse shaping for spatiotemporal control under comparatively difficult circumstances”.


Alexander Nosich, Ukraine

“For his contribution from fundamental mathematical physics studies to the modeling of actual devices for photonics and optoelectronics under comparatively difficult circumstances”.


Guillermo H. Kaufman, Argentina

“For the development of novel speckle interferometry techniques and their application in experimental mechanics, materials technology and nondestructive testing.”


Aram Papoyan, Armenia

“For his important achievements in high resolution spectroscopy of Alkali atoms and for his valuable contributions to the promotion of experimental atomic physics in Armenia”.


Chandra Shakher, India

“For outstanding contributions to the field of holographic and speckle metrology, which were achieved under comparatively unfavorable circumstances”.


Kazimierz Rzążewski, Poland

“For scientific contributions to the area of theoretical quantum optics, ultracold atomic gases and theory of intense laser-matter interactions as well as to the creation of Polish quantum optics school under difficult political circumstances.”


Mikhail Vladimirovich Fedorov, Russia

“For the development of interference stabilization of atoms and a theory of quantum entanglement features arising from particle symmetry”.


Jan Peřina, Czech Republic

“For his impressive results on quantum optics and coherence regarding non-classical states achieved under difficult circumstances”.


Mohammad Taghi Tavassoly,Iran

“For his contribution to teaching optics in Iran, conducting original research, and maintaining links between the academic communities active in optics in Iran and the rest of the world”.


Dumitru Mihalache, Romania

“For his achievements in the field of theoretical nonlinear optics”.


Marat S. Soskin, Ukraine

“For his achievements in the fields of tunable lasers, dynamic holography, and linear and nonlinear singular optics”.


Joewono Widjaja,Thailand

“For his outstanding contributions in wavelet transform based signal processing, speckle metrology, holography, join transform correlator, speckle and Internet photonic routing. The Committee was considering as well the comparative unfavorable circumstances since the candidate has done all activities in a developing country (as defined by UN)”.


Oleg V. Angelsky, Ukraine

“For his outstanding contributions in the field of optical correlation, speckle interferometry and holography in diffuse optical fields achieved under comparatively unfavorable conditions”.


Mohammed M Shabat, Palestine

“For his outstanding scientific contributions in the area of theoretical and electromagnetic optics, which were accomplished under comparative unfavorable circumstances as defined on the award call and for his relevant work for the organization of optics and photonics activities in Palestine”.


Valentin Ionel Vlad, Romania

“For outstanding contributions to ultra-fast optical phase conjugation, wave mixing in photorefractive crystals (PRC) and pm-amplitude vibration measurements”.


Caesar Saloma, Philippines

“For introducing in the Phillipines investigations on the use of the laser fluorescence confocal microscopy in imaging optically-thick biological samples then conforming a pioneering team”.


Milivoj Belic, Serbia

“For the establishment and maintenance of strong research group in Belgrade, working under adverse conditions, yet producing outstanding research results”.


Cid Bartolomeu de Araujo, Brazil

“For his scientific contributions in nonlinear optics, lasers and applications, multiphonic processes, parametric generation, spectroscopy of special glasses and organic materials as well as in photonics and integrated optoelectronics”.


Rashid Ganeev, Uzbekistan

“For developing new methods for nonlinear frequency conversion of high power laser radiation in non linear crystals and characterization of nonlinear optical properties of metal, semiconductor and polymer media”.


Kehar Singh, India

“For his scientific contributions in the areas of statistical and information optics and for his contributions in education in optics in India”.


Vladimir P. Lukin, Russia

“For his scientific contributions on light propagation through turbulent media and on adaptive optics, as well as their applications”.


Mario Garavaglia, Argentina

“For his scientific contributions in the fields of lasers, spectroscopy, interferometry, and holography, as well as their applications to industry, medicine and biology”.


Ajoy K. Ghatak, India

“For the analysis of fiber and integrated optic waveguides, quantum well structures, and the analysis of graded index optical imaging systems”.


Natalyia D. Kundikova, Russia

“For her theorical achievements related to the interaction between light propagation and polarization, as well as their experimental demonstration”.


Daniel Malacara, Mexico

“For contributing to the foundation of several Optics Research centers in Mexico and of the Mexican Academy of Optics”.


Rajpal S. Sirohi, India

“For his extensive research work in the areas of optical metrology and optical testing, introducing techniques for the measurement of displacement, angles and contours by optical means”.


Ion N. Mihailescu, Romania

“For his studies of the nanoscale surface modifications by laser irradiation, including pulsed laser deposition of compounds in vacuum or in chemical reactive gases”.