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

  • 2016- Martin S. Banks, MA, PhD
  • 2015- Ralph D. Freeman, PhD, OD
  • 2014- Brien A. Holden, PhD, FAAO
  • 2013- Gordon E. Legge, PhD
  • 2012- Larry N. Thibos, PhD, FAAO
  • 2011- Dennis Levi, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2010- Earl L. Smith, III, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2009- Jake Sivak, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2008- Clifton Schor, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2007- Judah Folkman
  • 2006- Ronald Harwerth, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2005- William Neil Charman, OD
  • 2004- Robert Weinreb, MD
  • 2003- Anthony J. Adams, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 2002- Russell L. DeValois
  • 2001- Sheila K. West, PhD
  • 2000- Ian Bailey, OD, FAAO
  • 1999- Arthur Jampolsky
  • 1998-Richard M. Hill, PhD, OD, FAAO 
  • 1997- Robert Boynton
  • 1996- Merton C. Flom, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 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, PhD
  • 1986- Gerald Westheimer, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 1985- Yves LeGrand
  • 1984- Tom N.Cornsweet
  • 1983- Irving Fatt
  • 1982- Elwin Marg
  • 1981- Sylvester K. Guth
  • 1980- Monroe J. Hirsch
  • 1979- William David Wright
  • 1978- Henry W. Hofstetter
  • 1977- Herbert Schober
  • 1976- Jay M. Enoch, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 1975- Lorrin A. Riggs
  • 1974- S. Howard Bartley
  • 1973- Oscar White Richards
  • 1972- Meredith W. Morgan, PhD, OD, FAAO
  • 1971- Glenn A Fry
  • 1970- William A. H. Rushton