International Dennis Gabor Award

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The International Dennis Gabor Award is awarded by the NOVOFER Foundation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements with practical applications, with a clear positive attitude towards international cooperation of the researchers. It is named after the Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor. The award includes a 130 mm-diameter pure silver medal with a hologram of Dennis Gabor’s portrait, a charter of honor, and a monetary prize.[1][2] The award is normally awarded simultaneously to a Hungarian and to a non-Hungarian researcher and is not awarded every year but rather every 3 years or longer depending on the level of candidates for the award. The award is an honor to Dennis Gabor and aims at identifying researchers with a likewise successful early career path as Dennis Gabor himself. Because of the high prestige of this award and the broad research area covered, selection of the awardee is extremely competitive, even more so for the non-Hungarian nominees. The award ceremony takes place at the Hungarian Parliament.

A different Dennis Gabor Award is presented each year by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wavefront technologies, especially those which further the development of holography and metrology applications.




  • Warren Chan, born in China in 1974 but US citizen. Famous for application of nanotechnology in biology and medicine for the treatment of diseases such as cancer. Professor at University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Dombi Péter, born in Hungary in 1976


  • Nico F. Declercq, born in Belgium in 1975. Famous for ultrasonics of biased piezoelectric anisotropic crystals and diffraction of ultrasonic waves by periodic structures and the use of optics for these investigations. He later became well known for work on the acoustics of Chichen Itza and Epidaurus. Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA and Georgia Tech Lorraine, Metz, France.
  • Czirók András, born in Hungary in 1973


  • Pavel Belov, born in the Soviet Union in 1977. Famous for his work on photonic crystals.
  • Gali Ádám, born in Hungary in 1973.


  • Georg Pretzler, born in Austria in 1965. Famous for developments quantum optics, rontgen-holography and high power laser. Professor at University of Munich.
  • Baranyi Péter, born in Hungary in 1970


  • Sándor Kürti, born in Hungary in 1947. Is famous for contributions to mathematics.




  • Kristina M. Johnson, born in the USA She was a faculty with the University of Colorado at the time of the award. She received her PhD from Stanford University. Later she has been undersecretary for Energy at the United States Department of Energy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University and dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. She is well known for contributions in opto-electronic computing.
  • Horváth Gábor, born in Hungary