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"I am very honoured to be awarded the 2000 CAP-INO Medal. There are, however, many people that have contributed to the success of this technology in Canada. I was most fortunate, during that time at NRC, to have an enlightened management and industrial partners with the vision of what could be accomplished by a group effort for the benefit of Canada. The atmosphere at the Institute for Microstructures Sciences enabled a balance between exploratory and applied research so you could see the progression of an idea to its application. I was lucky and fortunate to be part of the team..."

Dr. Richard NormandinOttawa, March 21st, 2000 - The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the National Optics Institute (INO) are pleased to announce that the 2000 CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics will be awarded to Dr. Richard Normandin of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, for his outstanding contribution as a researcher, a leader and as a visionary to the advancement of the field of applied photonics. His work on wavelength division multiplexing, semiconductor non-linear optoelectronic signal processing and integrated electronic and optical systems have fostered the use of optics/photonics by the Canadian industry.

First among the examples of Dr. Normandin's contributions to the advancement of the field of applied photonics is the Solid State Optoelectronic Consortium (SSOC). In 1988, Dr. Normandin became the Program Head of the SSOC, a five-year research initiative. The underlying idea was to choose an area of evolving technology of economic significance, which could be developed indigenously to the benefit of Canada. Optoelectronics was chosen as the field to pursue. Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) was selected as the technology to be developed, a visionary concept at the time. While the nature of the work to be undertaken was clearly pre-competitive in nature, at the outset a demonstration vehicle was chosen. The demonstration vehicle consisted of a set of integrated transmitter/receiver chips, generating, modulating, and detecting eight wavelengths simultaneiously, with a wavelength separation of 2nm at an operating rate of 1Gb/s.

Dr. Normandin's research interests and contributions have been felt in other areas of photonics. For example, in semicondcutor non-linear optoelectronic signal processing for fibre optic systems, both in the all-optical and electro-optical regime, in an integrated monolithic context. In addition, several other projects dealing with novel applied semiconductor geometries have been investigated for integrated electronic and optical systems. Over his career, he has authored or co-authored over 175 papers and refereed conference papers in those fields, including over 25 patents awarded or pending.

Dr. Richard Normandin graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1980 and a Master's degree in 1975. Following a postdoctoral stay in Applied Physics and Engineering at Stanford University, Dr. Normandin joined the Division of Physics at NRC in 1981. During his career at the NRC, Dr. Normandin has served as a research officer (1981 to 1988), group leader of the Optoelectronics Devices Group (1988-1995), program head of the Solid State Optoelectronic Consortium (1990-1996), Director of Components Technologies (1995-1998) and, more recently, became the Director General of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (1998).

Dr. Normandin has received numerous honours and distinctions during his career. In addition to the internal recognition he received from the National Research Council for his contributions in the field of wavelength division multiplexing and semiconductor non-linear phenomena, Dr. Normandin was awarded, in 1994, the "Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation" from the Governor General of Canada. This prize was in recognition of his significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada. In 1995, he was elected "Fellow" by the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America, in recognition of distinguished service for contributions to optoelectronics, non-linear guided optics, and technological development. In the same year, Dr. Normandin received the "Outstanding Achievement Award" of the NRC in recognition of leadership and outstanding contributions to the SSOC and enhancing relationships between NRC, industries, and universities.

The CAP-INO CAP-INO Medal of Achievement in Photonics was first awarded in 1998. As the medal is awarded biennially, this will be only the second medal presented. Dr. Normandin will receive his medal during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at York University on June 6th, 2000.

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

The INO is a private, non profit R&D corporation founded in 1985 and employing, at its facilities in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, over 150 people, including some eighty researchers specialized in photonics. It's mandate is to provide R&D support to the industry in order to foster the economic expansion of the country.

For more information, please contact:

Mrs. F. M. Ford, Executive Director
Canadian Association of Physicists
Tel: (613) 562-5614
Fax: (613) 562-5615


Mr. Jacques Poirier, Director of
Communications and Marketing
National Optics Institute (INO)
Tel: (418) 657-7006
Fax: (418) 657-7088

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