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The director of the University of Rochester’s Center for Visual Science has received the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award at a ceremony Friday in Lisbon, Portugal, winning some $630,000 for research along with it.
The award was given to David Williams, a faculty member at UR’s Institute of Optics and dean for research in Arts, Science, and Engineering.
The ceremony, led by the president of Portugal, recognized Williams’ work on adaptive optics technologies as a “major breakthrough in the understanding and/or the preservation of vision,” UR officials said.
Williams is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, officials added.
The award is given in even numbered years and awards 1 million euros for contributions to vision research, the largest amount of any award in the fields of vision science and ophthalmology. Williams will be taking half of the prize, some $630,000, toward future research, UR officials said.
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