AWARDS

The Marcel Ecabert Award

The Marcel Ecabert Award of the European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) is a lifetime award and honors the excellent achievements of the recipient in the field of time and frequency. It is named after the late Marcel Ecabert, founding member of the EFTF and member of its Executive Committee.

The European Frequency and Time Award

The European Frequency and Time Award has been awarded since 1993 first biannually, from 2005 annually, with the goal of recognizing outstanding contributions in all fields covered by the EFTF. Previous “European Frequency and Time Award” recipients are:

EFTF Young Scientist Award

The EFTF Young Scientist Award is conferred in recognition of a personal contribution that demonstrated a high degree of initiative and creativity and led to already established or easily foreseeable outstanding advances in the field of time and frequency metrology. The award honors a person under the age of 40 at the date of the opening session of the EFTF conference.

Previous Winners By Year

2016

The European Frequency and Time Award

Harald Schnatz
"For his seminal contributions to different but interrelated fields of most accurate time and frequency measurements and dissemination in particular the first phase coherent measurement of a frequency standard in the visible and the dissemination of stable and accurate frequencies via optical fibre networks".

Prize sponsored by The University of York.

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Nils Huntemann
"For the development and evaluation of an optical clock based on the octupole transition in a single 171Yb+ ion with an uncertainty at the 10E-18 level".

Prize sponsored by The University of York.

2015

The European Frequency and Time Award

Giorgio Santarelli
"For his outstanding contributions to the development of ultra-low phase noise methods and systems for microwave and optical atomic clocks, of fiber-based optical frequency combs and of optical fiber links".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC) and the french watchmaking company DODANE 1857.

The EFTF Yong Scientist Award

Franklyn J. Quinlan
"For seminal contributions to the understanding of fundamental noise processes in the photo detection of short optical pulses and the realization of very pure microwave signals using femtosecond frequency combs".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The Marcel Ecabert Award

Bernd Neubig
"For almost 40 years of scientific advances in piezoelectric frequency control devices, his business acumen and his efforts in the international standardization of piezoelectric devices".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

2014

The European Frequency and Time Award

Alexey V. Taichenachev
"For novel methods in the preparation and interrogation of atoms that have led to new kinds of spectroscopy and improved atomic clocks ".

Valeriy L. Yudin
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Prize sponsored by the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Yann Le Coq
"For outstanding contributions to the development of fiber-based optical frequency combs for optical frequency metrology".

Prize sponsored by the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

The Marcel Ecabert Award

Jean-Pierre Aubry
"For his outstanding involvement in industrial developments in time and frequency metrology and in recognition of his major contribution dedicated to the strengthening of interactions between industry and academic research".

Prize sponsored by the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

2013

The European Frequency and Time Award

Kurt Gibble
"For his fundamental contributions to the development of atomic fountain clocks and methods to improve their accuracy to 10E-16 level, including comprehensive studies of cold collisions and models of distributed cavity phase and microwave lensing effects".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC) and the french watchmaking company DODANE 1857.

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Andrew D. Ludlow
"For outstanding contributions to optical frequency metrology including the development of optical lattice clocks based on strontium and ytterbium with uncertainties at the 10E-16 level".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie.

2012

The European Frequency and Time Award

Dr. Pascale Defraigne
"For seminal contribution in the use of geodetic GNSS techniques for time and frequency transfer".

Prize sponsored by the Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Dr. Gesine Grosche
"In recognition of prominent contributions to several fields of frequency metrology associated with the dissemination of optical frequencies over optical fibers".

Prize sponsored by the Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

2011

The European Frequency and Time Award

Dr. James C. Bergquist
"For seminal contributions to high-resolution laser spectroscopy and frequency standards for over 30 years.".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC) and the french watchmaking company DODANE 1857.

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Dr. Tobias Kippenberg
"For contributions to optical frequency metrology by the demonstration of monolithic micro resonator frequency comb generators.".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The Marcel Ecabert Award

Dr. Giovanni Busca
"In recognition of a career successfully devoted to the development of atomic frequency standards, and for his major contributions to the establishment of an industrial infrastructure for ground and space clocks at European level.".

Prize sponsored by the Executive Committee of the EFTF.

2010

The Marcel Ecabert Award

Fondation Suisse pour la Recherche en Microtechnique (FSRM)
"In grateful recognition for their unfailing and generous dedication to  maintaining and developing the EFTF since and including its foundation, for assuring the permanent secretariat of EFTF and for organizing six editions of the Forum ".

Prize sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The European Frequency and Time Award

Gérard Petit
"For his outstanding contributions to the elaboration of time scales including the investigations of the influence of General Relativity to space-time references and primary frequency standards".

Prize sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

Piet Schmidt
"For his strong contribution to the development of the first AL+ optical clock based on the innovating "logic ion" technique".

Prize sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).

2009

The European Frequency and Time Award

JUN YE
"For his pioneering work in establishing a neutral atom optical lattice clock, narrow linewidth lasers, femtosecond spectroscopy, and phase-coherent transmission of frequencies via optical fibers".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

TARA FORTIER
"For her outstanding contributions to optical frequency metrology including the first octave-spanning Ti: sapphire femtosecond laser with gigahertz repetition rates and its application to precision frequency measurements".

SÉBASTIEN BIZE
"For his seminal cotributions to improvements in the accuracy of atomic fountain clocks, optical clocks, and tests of fundamental physical laws".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

2008

The Marcel Ecabert Award

MICHEL BRUNET
"For his outstanding involvement and contribution dedicated to Time and Frequency Metrology developments for space applications along his career".

Prize sponsored by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

The European Frequency and Time Award

PIERRE THOMANN
"For his profound research on clocks for ground and space applications and in particular for the development of the first continuous caesium fountain clock ".

ALDO GODONE
"For his fundamental contributions to the development of chains of frequency synthesis and frequency standards in the far-infrared and to the field of atomic clocks based on optical pumping".

Prize sponsored by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

TILL ROSENBAND
"For the invention of particularly vibration immune optical resonators and his contributions to today's best optical single ion Al+ and Hg+ clocks".

STEPHEN WEBSTER
"For the development of vibration-insensitive thermal-noise-limited optical cavities and the development of the ytterbium ion octupole frequency standard".

Prize sponsored by EADS Sodern.

2007

The Marcel Ecabert Award

SIGFRIDO LESCHIUTTA
"For his outstanding involvement and contribution dedicated to Time and Frequency Metrology developments for space applications along his career".

Prize sponsored by the Executive Committee of the EFTF.

The European Frequency and Time Award

FRITZ RIEHLE
"For profound and continuing contributions to Time and Frequency metrology and the outstanding realization of neutral calcium optical frequency standards".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

SCOTT DIDDAMS
"For seminal contributions to optical frequency metrology with the development of high accuracy and ultra stable femtosecond clockworks".

RONALD HOLZWARTH
"For contributions to optical frequency metrology by the industrial realisation of high performance femtosecond laser comb synthesizers enabling precise optical frequency measurements".

SVENJA KNAPPE
"For her contributions to the chip-scale atomic devices".

Prize sponsored by the Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM).

2006

The European Frequency and Time Award

RAYMOND J. BESSON
"For his outstanding scientific research on the design and development of the BVA resonator as a prerequisite to the success of clocks on ground and in space and for his invaluable contributions to the existence and the success of the European Frequency and Time Forum".

Prize sponsored by The Helmholtz Foundation e.V. for the advancement of science and research on the field of physical and technical precision measurements.

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

PIERRE LEMONDE
"In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the first transportable Cs fountain clock and to the space clock PHARAO and for his contributions to novel optical clocks based on neutral atoms".

Prize sponsored by the Helmholtz Foundation e.V. for the advancement of science and research on the field of physical and technical precision measurements.

2005

The European Frequency and Time Award

HIDETOSHI KATORI
"For a brilliant break-through in the field of optical frequency standards".

P. KREMPL
"For his pioneering research on the physical and electro-acoustical properties of Gallium Phosphate and the development of industrial growth processes for large crystals including the epitaxial growth of GaPO4 on quartz, leading to state of the art resonators and sensors".

GEORGY D. MANSFELD
"For fundamental contributions in understanding physical and quantum acoustics, acoustoelectronics in piezoelectric semiconductors and acoustomagnetic effects in ferrites. For application to frequency control and high Q microwave resonators using ultra low loss materials".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

JOHN KITCHING
"For the challenging development of the first highly miniaturized atomic frequency standard for chip implementation and large scale production".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

2004

No awards given for this year

2003

The European Frequency and Time Award

THOMAS PARKER
"Considering his outstanding achievements in several fields of time and frequency in particular his recent results regarding the operation and comparison of primary frequency standards and the realization of an hydrogen-based time scale as a frequency reference of outstanding stability".

ANDRÉ CLAIRON
"For profound and continuing contributions to the Time and Frequency Metrology and the outstanding and pioneering realization of high accuracy atomic fountain frequency standards".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

EKKEHARD PEIK
"For the understanding of the trapping mechanism of ions and the contribution to the realization of a very promising optical frequency standard".

PETER WOLF
"For the important contribution of the understanding of the relativistic effects applied to the satellite time transfer and the use of the Time and Frequency metrology to the test of the Special Relativity".

EVA FERRE-PIKAL
"For major contributions to the measurement specification and understanding of the origins of noise in electronic components and systems".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

2002

No awards given for this year

2001

The European Frequency and Time Award

PIERRE CEREZ
"For his outstanding contribution to the study and development of optically pumped cesium beam frequency standards".

DIETER KIRCHNER
"For outstanding contributions in development of satellite synchronisation techniques, in particular the two-way satellite time and frequency transfer, and for realization of the first telephone time code generators now largely used in the dissemination fields".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

2000

No awards given for this year

1999

The European Frequency and Time Award

G. J. DICK
"For outstanding contribution to development of cryogenic oscillators of different types with extremely low phase noise and for prediction of the importance of noise characteristics in oscillators associated with atomic frequency standards".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

The EFTF Young Scientist Award

NOËL DIMARCQ
"For an outstanding degree of activity, initiative and creativity in the application of atom cooling to atomic frequency standards".

FILIPPO LEVI
"For crucial experiments on dark lines in alkali vapours leading to the development of a cesium maser and other light-shift-free microwave frequency standards".

MICHAEL E. TOBAR
"For the development of very low noise oscillators using Galani phase noise cancellation technique and for the development of interferometric phase and amplitude detection technique to reduce noise in systems and oscillators".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

1998

No awards given for this year

1997

The European Frequency and Time Award

SUCCESSIVE TEAMS OF PTB (GERHARDT BECKER, KLAUS DORENWENDT, HERMANN DE BOER, ANDREAS BAUCH)
"For outstanding contribution in designing and operating primary cesium beam standards that have shown continuously, since almost 30 years, a very high level of accuracy. They have very positively contributed to the quality of the realization of the unit of time and to the elaboration of the International Atomic Time".

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1996

No awards given for this year

1995

The European Frequency and Time Award

FRED L. WALLS
"For outstanding contributions to pioneer work in ion storage physics, design and development of passive hydrogen masers, measurements of phase noise in passive resonators, very low noise electronics and phase noise metrology".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

1994

No awards given for this year

1993

The European Frequency and Time Award

CHRISTOPHE SALOMON
"For his research on the physics of laser-cooled caesium atoms and their application to an atomic clock based on a caesium fountain".

Prize sponsored by the Société Française des Microtechniques et de Chronométrie (SFMC).

No awards given previous to 1993.