Professor Harry Atwater Wins 2019 IEEE William Cherry Award

Alta Devices Co-Founder Wins Prestigious Award in Recognition of
Outstanding Contributions to Photovoltaic Science and Technology

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Airships–Professor Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and
Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology has been
awarded the 2019
IEEE William Cherry Award
for major innovations in the progress and
future of photovoltaic science and technology.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for
the advancement of technology. This year, the IEEE William Cherry Award
recipient will be honored at the 46th annual IEEE
Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC). The IEEE PVSC organizing
committee established the award, in memory of one of the founders of the
photovoltaic field, William R. Cherry, to recognize individuals who have
made “outstanding contributions to the advancement of photovoltaic
science and technology.” The award selection is made by the William R.
Cherry Committee, composed of all past general chairmen of the
specialist’s conferences and all past recipients of the award.

According to the Committee, Professor Harry Atwater has shown unique
insight into photovoltaics research from his first paper in 1982, and
has since contributed to more than 450 publications in the field. Dr
Pierre Verlinden, Chair of the 2019 IEEE William R. Cherry Award
Committee, said, “The passion and creativity of Professor Harry Atwater
to improve photovoltaic technologies are widely recognized. We are very
proud to honor him with this Award.”

During his career Professor Atwater has focused on two main scientific
research themes; photovoltaic solar energy conversion and light-matter
interactions in materials. He has created new high efficiency solar cell
designs and has pioneered principles for light management in solar
cells. Professor Atwater is the co-founder of Alta Devices, a solar
technology company in Sunnyvale, California, that currently holds the
world record for single-junction solar cell efficiency.

Along with many contributions to the field of photovoltaics, Professor
Atwater currently serves as Director of the DOE (Department of Energy)
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and as the Strategic
Director for the QESST ERC program. Professor Atwater received his B.S.,
M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
respectively in 1981, 1983 and 1987. He held the IBM Postdoctoral
Fellowship at Harvard University from 1987-1988 and has been a member of
the Caltech faculty since 1988.

Alta Devices CEO, Jian Ding, stated, “Professor Atwater’s vision for the
potential of highly efficient, flexible solar technology has
dramatically contributed to the progress of our whole industry. We are
very proud to have the privilege of working with him both as a founder
and as a visionary.”

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