Bigio Wins Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

The Goodman Award recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics.

BME Professor Irving Bigio and co-author Sergio Fantini are the 2020 winners of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, for their book Quantitative Biomedical Optics: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Published by Cambridge University Press, the book provides a rigorous, quantitative approach to a broad range of areas in biomedical optics. Aimed at graduate level courses, this book will facilitate teaching of this rapidly growing field, and has already been adopted for courses taught at many universities around the world.

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award is co-sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and OSA, the Optical Society. The biennial award recognizes a recent and influential book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or industry.

Educators in biomedical optics and biophotonics have been long awaiting a comprehensive text to accompany their teaching in this rapidly growing field and this is as good as it gets,” noted SPIE Fellow Martin Leahy, chair of applied physics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the scientific director of Ireland’s National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform. “The authors have formidable reputations in the field of biomedical optics and this work towards quantification will have a broad positive impact on science, engineering, and society by facilitating more progress towards therapy, diagnosis, screening, and discovery using light as the tool. This is a coherent tome, diligently and lovingly composed. It is a seminal contribution to biomedical optics, and will be cherished by educators, students, and researchers alike.”

Professor Irving Bigio

Bigio, a BU professor with appointments in BME, ECE, Physics, Medicine, appreciates the honor “It does feel good to be recognized for the results of an effort that occupied several years of my and Sergio’s lives. The real reward is that our textbook has been adopted by a growing number of educators around the world, who are teaching courses in biomedical optics.”