JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye was named the 2017 winner of the NIST Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, one of the top honors for the more than 1,600 scientific and technical NIST employees.
Jacob Rabinow was a prolific innovator working at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the predecessor of NIST, receiving more than 200 patents for his inventions of mechanical, electrical and optical devices and systems.
The NIST Rabinow Award for applied science emphasizes the breadth, depth and impact of Ye’s work. Ye’s leading-edge scientific research has resulted in innovations including ultrastable lasers, world-leading atomic clocks, and novel frequency comb applications. Such innovations and are used for a wide range of applications, from medical diagnostics to new ultraprecision chemical measurements.
Ye has received many international and NIST awards for his pioneering fundamental research. Ye is one of the very few people to have won both NIST’s highest award for fundamental research (Samuel Wesley Stratton Award) as well as NIST’s highest award for applied science (Rabinow Award).
Jun will receive his award from the NIST Director at the NIST Annual Awards Ceremony on December 13, 2017.