Friday, April 20, 2012

A wonderful life remembered

This January marked the passing of Norman Wilson Edmund, one of the true visionaries in the imaging business and the founder of Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ, USA).

Norman Wilson Edmund was known as the creator and entrepreneurial spirit behind Edmund Scientific, which later became Edmund Optics, and is accredited with inspiring many generations of youngsters to become interested in science and engineering.

Now, to honor the contributions that he made to advance the science of optics, the company he founded has launched a new award. The Norman Edmund Inspiration Award will consist of an additional $5000 in product donations that will be presented to one of the three 2012 first-place prize recipients of the company's worldwide Higher Education Grant program, which is currently running in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

The Norman Edmund Inspiration Award will be given to the college or university optics program in science, technology, engineering or mathematics that best embodies the legacy of Norman Edmund.

Announcing the award, Robert Edmund, CEO of Edmund Optics, recalled that his father had a lifelong commitment to motivating and inspiring young people to become involved in science, and the award would carry on his desire to excite another generation about innovation and discovery.

The beneficiary of the product award will be chosen from the three previously selected 2012 first prize recipients, from the Americas, Europe, and Asia respectively. The award recipient will be determined by the Edmund Optics board of directors committee led by Joan Husted, daughter of Norman Edmund and an Edmund Optics board member.

The prize recipients of the 2012 Higher Education Grant Program and the 2012 European Research and Innovation Award will be announced on Sept. 14, 2012. Product donations totaling $80,000 will be distributed to the award recipients in the three geographic locations. The winner of the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award will be announced on Oct. 10, 2012.

Surely, there could be no better way to remember a man with such a love of science. And if you'd like to enter the awards, there's still time. Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2012. More information can be found on the Edmund Optics web site here.

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