Professor Dr. Gérard Mourou
Invention of the Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) and Pushing the Frontier on Extreme Light
Membrane-Free Optical Microphone
XARION Laser Acoustics GmbH, Austria
Substrate-Transferred Crystalline Coatings – a New Paradigm in Laser-Based Precision Measurement and Instrumentation
Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH and University of Vienna, Austria
Development of a Direct Laser Interference Patterning (DLIP) Systems
Saarland University, Steinbeis Forschungszentrum Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS), Technische Universität Dresden, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS
Lasers as Guide Stars for the VLT and other Large and Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT)
TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany, MPB Communications Inc., Canada, European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Ceremonial Act and International Gathering
The ninth award ceremony with the presentations of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis and the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis 2016 took place on the evening of September 9, 2016.
The event was opened by our founder and former managing partner of the Trumpf Group, Professor Berthold Leibinger. He was very pleased to see that the auditorium was filled to the last seat. “The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis is the most important work of this foundation, and so I am grateful to see that the awards ceremony is receiving so much attention from the general public.” Following his speech, Elizabeth Rogan, Chief Executive Officer of OSA The Optical Society, gave a history of the innovations that have been made in optics and photonics over the last 100 years.
Professor Friedemann Schrenk, Head of the Paleoanthropology Section of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Senckenberg Society for Nature Research) in Frankfurt, held the ceremonial address. In his presentation “Origins, Breakthroughs, Expansions: 6 Million Years of Human History,” he talked about the latest findings on the evolutionary development of early humans. He had a surprising message for the audience: the differentiation of prehistoric humans from their ancestors did not only happen through a use of tools, it was based on the ability to work together socially. He also discussed the subject of migration. Since prehistoric times, a number of migration waves across the globe have shaped humanity and led to its further development. “According to an anthropological time scale, migration barriers do not exist, there is only a joint development of humanity,” Prof. Schrenk said.