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 original
version (July 22, 1987) of the document IOCG PRIZES IN CRYSTAL GROWTH, which
was adopted by the IOCG Executive Committee on July 22, 1987 can be found in History-Archival Documents.
The updated version below was approved by Executive Committee on October 25, 2016.
- The IOCG shall established 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
International Conferences on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (IOCGE) 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
- 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
- These prizes should be administered by an internationally representative
Prize Committee established by the cognizant ICCGE 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 International Conference on Crystal Growth
and Epitaxy (ICCGE); these fees may be offset, however, by contributions
from industry, foundations, or other sources.
- 2016 at ICCGE XVIII, Nagoya, Japan
- Frank Prize: 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: 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: 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: 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)