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SPIE Announces Establishment of a New Award
December 7, 2010

The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) has announced the establishment of a new award for biomedical optics honoring researcher Britton Chance, who died recently at the age of 97. The first Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award will be presented at SPIE Photonics West in 2012.

The award will be presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact biophotonic technologies. In particular, the award will acknowledge pioneering contributions to biophotonic methods and devices that have significant promise to accelerate or have already facilitated new discoveries in biology or medicine, and will target achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.

Dr. Chance was an SPIE Fellow, co-edited the “SPIE Press book Medical Optical Tomography: Functional Imaging and Monitoring”, and had been an Editor of the “SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics” since its founding in 1996. He was the recipient of the SPIE President’s Award in 2006.

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