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Pegasus Professor Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D., was recognized recently by Optica for his contributions to the development of novel displays and diffractive optics for commercial products and widespread applications, especially for augmented reality, virtual reality and imaging devices.

The Edwin H. Land Medal is a tribute to the work of the eponymous scientist’s “scientific intensity and curiosity in optics and imaging and, in part, reflect his image as inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, and teacher,” according to Optica (formerly the Optical Society).

Wu is praised in the award announcement for his “groundbreaking work in development of new liquid crystal materials, devices, and applications.” It continues: “His prolific inventions, scientific discoveries, and technology development of advanced LCDs and imaging devices have made — and will continue to make — a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”

The award is jointly presented by Optica and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), and funded by support from the Polaroid Foundation, the Polaroid Retirees Association and individual contributors.

“It’s always humbling and appreciated to be recognized by your peers,” Wu said. “We have come a long way in display technology since I started in this field, but there is always more work to be done. Awards like these keep me inspired to continue pursuing the next big thing.”

Wu completed his Ph.D. in Laser Physics from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and a BS in Physics from National Taiwan University. His publishing credits include seven books and 650 journal papers, and he has obtained 191 patents. Several of the latter have been implemented in display and photonic devices.