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Senior optics designer awarded

Willi Ulrich, who is now retired after 38 years at Zeiss, has been awarded the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design 2023 by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). The award is given in recognition of significant achievements in the field of optical design.
According to the company, Willi Ulrich is an exceptional optical engineer with decades of experience in optical design. He joined Zeiss in 1980. After holding various positions, he became head of optical design in 1996 and has been the driving force behind the photolithography design team, whose solutions laid the foundation for the introduction of lithography with wavelengths of 248 and 193 nm and, in particular, immersion lithography and EUV lithography. Ulrich also designed and led the manufacturing of numerous optical products such as photographic lenses, optical systems for imaging in microscopy and medical technology, laser optics, measuring systems and infrared optics, according to Zeiss. He also designed a variety of industrially manufactured optical systems and co-authored optical design software at Zeiss, says the manufacturer.
Ulrich commented at the awards ceremony, “I am very pleased to receive such a high honor.” However, Ulrich emphasized that the award honors not only him personally, but also the entire Zeiss team and management.

According to SPIE, Willi Ulrich is the 40th recipient of the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Award in Optical Design, which has been presented since 1974. Each year, SPIE recognizes the best scientists for outstanding achievements with its awards.

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