The Charles F. Prentice Medal

The Charles F. Prentice Medal Award (established in 1958) is awarded annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science. The award is considered to be the most prestigious of the Academy’s awards for achievement in research. Establishing a long record of distinction in research will typically require that the nominee be beyond the mid-career stage. The nominee will be judged by the quality, significance, and impact of his or her career-long body of work in vision science. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist. The recipient of the Prentice Medal will present a special lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry related to these career achievements, highlighting one or more of his or her most significant scientific contributions. It is also expected that the recipient will submit a manuscript on that topic to Optometry and Vision Science.

Past Award Recipients

2013

Gordon E. Legge

2012

Larry N. Thibos

2011

Dennis Levi

2010

Earl L. Smith, III

2009

Jake Sivak

2008

Clifton Schor

2007

Judah Folkman

2006

Ronald Harwerth

2005

William Neil, Charman

2004

Robert Weinreb

2003

Anthony J. Adams

2002

Russell L. DeValois

2001

Sheila K. West

2000

Ian Bailey

1999

Arthur Jampolsky

1998

Richard M. Hill

1997

Robert Boynton

1996

Merton C. Flom

1995

Lawrence W. Stark

1994

Colin Blakemore

1993

David W. Hubel

1992

Richard W. Young

1991

John E. Dowling

1990

David M. Regan

1989

David M. Maurice

1988

Mathew Alpern

1987

Herschel Leibowitz

1986

Gerald Westheimer

1985

Yves LeGrand

1984

Tom N. Cornsweet

1983

Irving Fatt

1981

Elwin Marg

1980

Sylvester K. Guth

1978

Monroe J. Hirsch

1977

William David Wright

1976

Henry W. Hofstetter

1975

Herbert Schober

1974

Jay M. Enoch

1973

Lorrin A. Riggs

1972

S. Howard Bartley

1971

Oscar White Richards

1967

Meredith W. Morgan

1964

Glenn A. Fry

1963

William A. H. Rushton