The Photonics100

More than 1,200 exhibitors will be on the show floor this year, with more than 4,500 technical presentation taking place in tandem. (Image: SPIE)

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The Photonics100 by country

The Photonics100 list this year is clearly dominated by Western nations, with not one of this year’s honorees based south of the equator. In fact, just seven names on the list are from outside of Europe or North America, a figure we very much hope to see expand next year as photonics grows in global importance. The three best represented countries, perhaps understandably given the history and importance of photonics in their economies are the US, Germany and the UK.

The Photonics100 by gender

Twenty-six of this year’s Photonics100 nominees are women, in roles ranging from PhD candidates to CEOs. While this ratio can be read as encouraging when compared with the proportion of women who responded to SPIE’s 2022 salary survey (21%), it is certainly a figure we hope to see increase in future editions of the list. 

Munjal Gajjar

Not everyone in R&D can point to their work having an effect on their nation’s economy. Based in the Indian city of Surat, which reportedly cuts 90% of the world’s diamonds, Munjal Gajjar said the industry was almost entirely dependent on imported technologies. Costs were higher and delays waiting for replacement parts could halt production. So he and SPTL set about creating an indigenous solution.

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