Frank and Laudise Prizes
At its meeting at ICCG 8 in York, UK, the IOCG executive committee discussed the creation of two IOCG prizes, to be named after the first two IOCG Presidents, F. Charles Frank and Robert A. Laudise. An international committee [R.F. Sekerka, USA (chair); F.W. Ainger (UK/USA); H. Komatsu (Japan); K.W. Benz (Germany)] was formed to work out the details. The final version (July 22, 1987) of the document IOCG PRIZES IN CRYSTAL GROWTH, as adopted by the IOCG Executive Committee, is reproduced below.
(Final version from July 22, 1987, approved by the Executive Committee of IOCG)
- The IOCG shall establish two prizes, the IOCG Frank Prize and the IOCG Laudise Prize, to
honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of crystal growth.
These prizes shall be awarded at the IOCG conferences that are currently held every
three years and winners must be present to receive the award. Although the intent is to
award each of the prizes every three years, they should only be awarded if truly deserving
candidates can be found.
- The IOCG Frank Prize shall be awarded for significant fundamental (not necessarily
theoretical) contributions to the field of crystal growth. The IOCG Laudise Prize shall be
awarded for significant technological (not necessarily experimental) contributions to the
field of crystal growth. Neither prizes should be awarded to honor long and distinguished
service to IOCG; recognition of such service should be made in other ways.
- An effort should be made to award these prizes to both young and senior workers in the
field. For this purpose, young is to be understood to be someone who is forty years of age
or less at the scheduled time of the opening session of the respective ICCG meeting. If both
prizes are awarded in a given year, strong effort should be made to award at least one of
them to a young worker, provided that quality is not compromised significantly.
- These prizes should be administered by an internationally representative Prize Committee
established by the cognizant ICCG host. At least one member of this committee shall be
a member of the Executive Committee of IOCG. This committee shall be responsible for
solicitation of nominations, selection of winners (subject to final approval by the Officers of
IOCG), financial arrangements, and presentation of the prizes.
- Each prize shall consist of an invitation to present the work for which the prize was awarded
at a plenary lecture at the ICCG conference; travel, accommodation and registration
expenses at the conference; and a tangible memento chosen by the IOCG Prize Committee,
suitably inscribed, to commemorate the prize. It is suggested that the tangible memento
be a cast medal with a design that reflects the “fundamental” or “technological” themes as
appropriate, and its presentation be accompanied by a citation.
- The funds to support these prizes shall normally be raised as part of the registration fee at
the IOCG conferences; these fees may be offset, however, by contributions from industry,
foundations, or other sources.
- 2016 at ICCGE XVIII, Nagoya, Japan
- Frank Prize: Prof. Gerald Stringfellow, University of Utah (USA) for his pioneering work
in the development of the foundations of organometallic vapor phase epitaxial growth of compound semiconductors.
- Laudise Prize: Prof. Chung-wen Lan from National Taiwan University for his development of the crystal growth technology for high-performance multi-crystalline silicon for the solar cell industry.
- 2013 at ICCGE XVII, Warsaw, Poland
- Frank Prize: Prof. Katsuo Tsukamoto for his pioneering investigations with phase-shift interferometry which led to fundamental discoveries in the area of solution-based crystallization under microgravity and on the earth.
- Laudise Prize: Prof. Chuang-Tian Chen for his outstanding contributions to discovery and development of novel NLO materials.
- 2010 at ICCG XVI, Beijing, China
- Frank Prize: Martin E. Glicksman (USA) for basic contributions to resolve fundamental
issues associated with dendritic growth kinetics
- Laudise Prize: James J. DeYoreo (USA), Nataliya P.Zaitseva (Russia) and Leonid N.
Rashkovich (Russia) for their outstanding work in creating the technology and scientific basis of rapid growth of perfect crystals from solutions.
- 2007 at ICCG XV, Salt lake City, Utah, USA
- Frank Prize: Vladimir Voronkov (Russia) for significant theoretical contributions,
especially for the understanding of defect formation in silicon
- Laudise Prize: J. Brian Mullin (United Kingdom) for basic contributions to crystal
growth technology, especially for invention of the LEC process, development of
MOVPE and discovery of non-equilibrium segregations at facets.
- IOCG Distinguished Service Award to I. Sunagawa (Japan) for his contributions
in establishing the international crystal growth community, especially of younger
generations, to encourage the understanding of crystal growth mechanisms, including
organizing the Summer School “Hodankai” and serving as its School Master for nearly
15 years, resulting in both enhanced theoretical and experimental work in Japan and
throughout the world.
- 2004 at ICCG XIV, Grenoble, France
- Frank Prize: George Comsa (Germany) for quantative studies of crystal growth far from
- Laudise Prize:Tatau Nishinaga (Japan): for research on epitaxial growth of
- 2001 at ICCG XIII, Kyoto, Japan
- Frank Prize: Donald T.J. Hurle (UK) and Sam R. Coriell (USA): For their great
contributions to the fundamental aspects of crystal growth -- especially on cooperative
research leading to the quantitative understanding of the role of convective flows and
electric fields in crystal growth and morphological stability.
- Laudise Prize: Georg Müller (Germany): For his contributions to the development of
technological aspects and computer modelling of crystal growth processes.
- 1998 at ICCG XII, Jerusalem, Israel
- Frank Prize: Kenneth A. Jackson (USA)
- Laudise Prize: Isamu Akasaki (Japan) for his pivotal contributions to the epitaxial
growth of group III nitrides, including the use of buffer layers and the development of
p-type GaN. These accomplishments led to the fabrication of the modern blue light-
emitting diodes and diode lasers.
- 1995 at ICCG XI, The Hague, Netherlands
- Frank Prize: Pieter Bennema (Netherlands)
- Laudise Prize: Robert S. Feigelson (USA)
- The presentation of the first IOCG Distinguished Service Award: M. Schieber (Israel)
- 1992 at ICCG X, San Diego, USA
- Frank Prize: Robert F. Sekerka (USA): For seminal contributions to the theory of crystal
growth, including the theory of morphological stability of growing crystals.
- Laudise Prize: Viacheslav V. Osiko (Russia) and Joseph F. Wencus (USA): For
understanding and development of the extremely difficult techniques which are required
to grow reproducible large quantities of high quality refractory crystals, especially for
the use of skull melting to grow cubic zirconia and for its succesful commercialization as
a gem material worldwide.
- 1989 at ICCG IX, Sendai, Japan
- Frank Prize: Alexander A. Chernov (Russia)
- Laudise Prize: Jun-ichi Nishizawa (Japan)