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

2017 - Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO
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

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