Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award

Presented by the American Academy of Optometry

To Eli Peli in 2017

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Joseph Shovlin presenting the award to Dr. Peli

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American Academy of Optometry

A short video about Eli, made by AAO:

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"The Charles F. Prentice Medal Award (established in 1958) is awarded annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science. The award is considered to be the most prestigious of the Academy’s awards for achievement in research"

Other recipients of the Charles F. Prentice Medal Award: 2017- Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO, 2016- Martin S. Banks, MA, PhD, 2015- Ralph D. Freeman, PhD, OD, 2014- Brien A. Holden, PhD, FAAO, 2013- Gordon E. Legge, PhD, 2012- Larry N. Thibos, PhD, FAAO, 2011- Dennis Levi, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2010- Earl L. Smith, III, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2009- Jake Sivak, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2008- Clifton Schor, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2007- Judah Folkman, 2006- Ronald Harwerth, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2005- William Neil Charman, OD, 2004- Robert Weinreb, MD, 2003- Anthony J. Adams, PhD, OD, FAAO, 2002- Russell L. DeValois, 2001- Sheila K. West, PhD, 2000- Ian Bailey, OD, FAAO, 1999- Arthur Jampolsky, 1998-Richard M. Hill, PhD, OD, FAAO, 1997- Robert Boynton, 1996- Merton C. Flom, PhD, OD, FAAO, 1995- Lawrence W. Stark, 1994- Colin Blakemore, 1993- David W. Hubel, 1992- Richard W. Young, 1991- John E. Dowling, 1990- David M. Regan, 1989- David M. Maurice, 1988- Mathew Alpern, 1987- Herschel Leibowitz, PhD, 1986- Gerald Westheimer, PhD, OD, FAAO, 1985- Yves LeGrand, 1984- Tom N.Cornsweet, 1983- Irving Fatt, 1982- Elwin Marg, 1981- Sylvester K. Guth, 1980- Monroe J. Hirsch, 1979- William David Wright, 1978- Henry W. Hofstetter, 1977- Herbert Schober, 1976- Jay M. Enoch, PhD, OD, FAAO, 1975- Lorrin A. Riggs, 1974- S. Howard Bartley, 1973- Oscar White Richards, 1972- Meredith W. Morgan, PhD, OD, FAAO, 1971- Glenn A Fry, 1970- William A. H. Rushton

National Eye Institute 50th Anniversary Symposium on Low Vision Rehabilitation Lecturer

Organized by The NIH National Eye Institute

To Eli Peli in 2018

Peripheral Prisms for Visual Field Expansion: A Translational Journey

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NEI 50th Anniversary

"The National Eye Institute celebrates 50 years of vision research with a number of events to recognize the progress made since it was established in 1968."

Other Lecturers at the NEI Symposium on Low Vision Rehabilitation: Cynthia Owsley, PhD; Pawan Sinha, PhD; Lotfi Merabet, PhD, MPH; Ione Fine, PhD; Marlene Behrmann, PhD; Mark Humayun, MD, PhD

Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

Presented by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership

To Eli Peli in 2018

The Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

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The 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award Recipients

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Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

"The Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award recognizes faculty and staff of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine who have made significant contributions towards creating a diverse and inclusive community."

Other recipients of the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award: 2018: Eli Peli, MSc, OD; James Brink, MD; Aaronson Chew, PhD; Emily Oken, MD, MPH; Rosalind Segal, MD, PhD

Hill Lecture Series - Distinguished Lecturer Award

Presented by The Ohio State University College of Optometry

To Eli Peli in 2018

The OSU Distinguished Lecturer Award

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Richard and Leonora Hill Lecture Series

"The Hill Lecture Series sponsors an annual lecture in vision science and research at the Ohio State College of Optometry"

Other Distinguished Lecturers of the Hill Lecture Series: Dr. Chris A. Johnson, 2017; Dr. Barbara Klein, 2016; Dr. David R Williams, 2015

Distinguished Borish Scholar Award

Presented by the Indiana University School of Optometry

To Eli Peli in 2015

Borish Scholar Award

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Indiana University School of Optometry
Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research
Borish Scholars Program

"The Distinguished Borish Award is presented for exceptional research and scholarly contributions made related to vision, patient care, clinical research, and scientific education. Recipients are nominated by and voted for by IUSO faculty."

Other recipients of the Distinguished Borish Scholar Award: 2015: Eli Peli, Paul Gamlin, 2016: Bruce Cumming, Tim Kern, Gordon Legge, Susana Marcos
                                                                                                "The first Distinguished Borish Scholar Award is presented to Eli Peli."

Bartimaeus Award

Presented by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology

To Eli Peli in 2015

Bartimaeus Award

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Henry Ford Health System
The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology

"At each annual world congress, the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology presents the Bartimaeus Award to an investigator who has distinguished himself or herself by prolonged substantial contributions to the progress in their field."

Other recipients of the Bartimaeus Award: 2003: Cynthia Owsley, 2004: Joseph Rizzo, 2005: Leonard Evans, 2006: Eberhart Zrenner, 2008: Richard Normann, 2009: Joanne Wood, 2010: Robert Greenberg and Mark S Humayun, 2011: Gerald McGwin, 2012: Nigel Lovell and Gregg Suaning, 2013: Matthew Rizzo, 2014: James Weiland, 2015: Eli Peli

Edwin H. Land Medal

Presented by the Optical Society of America

To Eli Peli in 2010

The Edwin H. Land Medal

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The Optical Society of America

"For pioneering research, clinical, and entrepreneurial contributions to providing enhanced imagery for people with impaired vision through image processing, innovative optical designs, fiber optics, and applications of vision science."

Other recipients of the Edwin H. Land Medal: Duncan T. Moore, Charles R. Munnerlyn, George H. Heilmeier, Stephen A. Benton, Steven K. Case, John McCann, Benzion Landa, George Smith, Willard Boyle, John E. Warnock, Robert H. Webb, Paul F. Forman, Sol F. Laufer, Carl A. Zanoni, "Efi" Arazi, Donald R. Scifres, Ichiro Endo, John Vaught, W. E. Humphrey, Howard G. Rogers, Mary Lou Jepsen

The Otto Schade Prize

Presented by The Society for Information Display

To Eli Peli in 2010

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To read more about The Society for Information Display and the Otto Schade Prize:

SID Home

Statement: "The Otto Schade Prize is awarded for an outstanding scientific or technical achievement in, or contribution to, the advancement of functional performance and/or image quality of information displays. The award is made by the Board of Directors acting on the recommendation of the Honors and Awards Committee and carries a stipend of US $2000."

Other recipients of the Otto Schade Prize: 2006: Curtis R. Carlson & Roger Cohen, 2007: Andrew B. Watson, 2008: Louis D. Silverstein, 2010: Eli Peli, 2011: Scott Daly

The William Feinbloom Award

Presented by the American Academy of Optometry

To Eli Peli in 2009

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William Feinbloom Award

"...for a distinguished and significant contribution to clinical excellence, the direct clinical advancement of visual and optometric service and thus the visual enhancement of the public."

Other recipients of the William Feinbloom Award 2011: Glen Steele, 2010: Joan A. Stelmack, 2009: Eli Peli, 2008: Henry A. Greene, 2007: Eleanor E. Faye 2006: George C. Woo, 2005: Bruce B. Rosenthal, 2004: Anthony Cullen, 2003: Bruce C. Wick 2002: James E. Sheedy, 2001: Donald G. Pitts, 2000: Robert Massof, 1999: Joseph H. Maino 1998: Joseph T. Barr, 1997: Alan W. Johnston, 1996: Barry A. Weissman, 1995: Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. 1994: Ian L. Bailey, 1993: William Policoff, 1992: David Volk, 1990: Bernard Grolman 1988: Bengt Burman, 1987: Robert K. Graham, 1986: Donald C. Korb, 1985: Irvin M. Borish 1984: Morton D. Sarver, 1983: Edward I. Goodlaw

Alcon Research Institute Annual Award

Presented to Eli Peli in 2009

2009 Alcon Research Institute Annual Award

To read about Alcon:

Research at Alcon

Alcon honors Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO "for outstanding contributions to vision research"

Envision-Atwell Award

Nicole Ross is the 2009 winner of this award

The Envision/Atwell Award

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Awarded each year at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology by the Low Vision Research Group, The Envision-Atwell Award recognizes junior scientists who have conducted high quality low vision research. Dr Ross was mentored by Drs Eli Peli and Alex Bowers while a trainee at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

The Pisart Award
Presented by The Lighthouse International to Eli Peli in 2006

The 2006 Pisart Award

Lighthouse International Press Release December 11, 2006

Press Release December, 2006

Optometry and Vision Science, Demember, 2006

OVS Academy News

Statement: "The Lighthouse International Pisart Vision Award is a significant U.S. prize honoring an individual or individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the prevention, cure, or treatment of severe vision impairment or blindness.
"The Pisart Vision Award was established in 1981 and is partially funded through a bequest of Mme. Georgette Pisart, a longtime Lighthouse volunteer. This prestigious award carries a prize of $30,000 and a replica of the Pisart sculpture, originally designed by artist Gary Kleiman to represent the rods and cones of the eye."

Other recipients of the Lighthouse Pisart Vision Award: Lloyd M. Aiello, MD; Daniel M. Albert, MD; Professor Norman Ashton, CBE, FRS; Ian L. Bailey, O.D., MS, FAAO; Eliot L. Berson, MD; David G. Cogan, MD; Jay M. Enoch, Ph.D; Eleanor E. Faye, MD; Stuart L. Fine, MD; Charles D. Kelman, MD; Carl Kupfer, MD; Alan M. Laties, MD; Gordon E. Legge, Ph.D; Robert Machemer, MD; Robert W. Massof, Ph.D; A. Edward Maumenee, MD; Arnall Patz, MD; Eli Peli, M.Sc., O.D.; Gullapalli N. Rao, MD; Floyd Ratliff, Ph.D; Dr. Alfredo Arrigo Sadun, MD, Ph.D; Charles L. Schepens, MD; Paul A. Sieving, MD; Louise L. Sloan, Ph.D; Davida Y. Teller, Ph.D; Govindappa Venkataswamy, MD; Mildred Weisenfeld; John S. Werner, Ph.D; Sir John Wilson, CBE; Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD; Lorenz E. Zimmerman, MD.

Honorary Doctor of Science Degree

Awarded by the State University of New York on June 4, 2006 to Eli Peli

Eli receiving his honorary degree in 2006

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"Gifted with extraordinary intellect and creativity, you have been responsible for the development of vision enhancing devices that enrich the lives of th visually impaired. Combining your stellar record of education and experience in biomedical engineering, training in optometry, and your knowledge of sight and vision you have expanded the limits of vision rehabilitation and the frontiers of vision research. Since 1983, you have served as the Director of Vision Rehabilitation Service at the New England Medical Hospital in Boston. You are a Senior Scientist and the Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research at the prestigious Schepens Eye Research Institute; a professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct Professor of Optometry and Visual Sciences at the New England College of Optometry. You have designed optical and electronic devices that help restore the vital interplay of central and peripheral vision not present in low vision aids. Your work on vision multiplexing and its subsequent application to the development of novel low vison devices ranks high amoung your many achievements. Your research has given us insight into how people with low vison see. For your outstanding contributions to our knowledge of image processing in the visually impaired and for your development of novel aids for low vision, State University of New York proudly confers upon you the degree, Doctor of Science, honoris causa." June 4, 2006

The Alfred W. Bressler Prize
in Vision Science

Presented by the Jewish Guild for the Blind

To Drs Eli Peli and Robert Massof in 2004

The Alfred W. Bressler Prize

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Bressler Prize

"The Bressler Committee selected Dr. Eliezer Peli and Dr. Robert W. Massof for the The Alfred W. Bressler Prize in 2004 for their advancements in the treatmentof eye disease and rehabilitation of persons with vision loss."

Statement: "The Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science was established in 2001 through a generous bequest of Alfred W. Bressler. It recognizes a professional in the field of vision science whose leadership, research and service have resulted in important advancements in the treatment of eye disease or rehabilitation of persons with vision loss. A panel of distinguished vision science professionals will select the winner who receives a prize of $43,500."

Other recipients of the award:
* 2011: Constance L. Cepko, PhD, Departments of Genetics and Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her discoveries that have led to a new understanding of retinal degeneration.
* 2010: Martin Friedlander, MD, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, Scripps Research Institute. Department of Ophthalmology Scripps Clinic and Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA.
* 2009: Roy W. Beck, MD, PHD, of the Jaeb Center for Health Research and the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
* 2008: Jonathan C. Horton, MD, PhD, of the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
* 2007: David R. Williams, PhD, of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester.
* 2006: Lois E. H. Smith, MD, PhD, of Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.
* 2005: Burton J. Kushner, MD, of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
* 2004: Robert W. Massof, PhD, of the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Eliezer Peli, OD, of the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School.
* 2003: Richard A. Lewis, MD, of the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Annual Telly Award

For Film/ Video (Non-commercial) Category (2003)

"Hope in Sight" was produced with Eli as the chief consultant

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For more information and video clips see our

Hope In Sight Project Page

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Telly Award

Statement: "The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web."

Moakley Scholar in Aging Eye Research

Eli is the first recipient of this award

Ted Kennedy presenting Eli a portrait of Joseph Moakley and the position of Scholar in Aging Eye Research

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Articles describing this appointment:

Ophthalmology Times

Optometry and Vision Science

Eli Peli has been appointed to the position of Scholar in Aging Eye Research in honor of the late Massachusetts United State Congressman Joseph Moakley. A ceremony was held at Schepens Eye Research Institute. Massachusetts Senior Senator Edward Kennedy was there to present Eli with this honor.

Honorary Degree of Master in Medicine

Awarded by Harvard Medical School

To Eli Peli in 2002

Photo of Eli's Honorary HMS degree

Translation of the inscription: "The Harvard University of Cambridge having been laid down for all people calls for the most health to those whom this letter has reached."

"Since positions of the Academy, as the types of people who excel with either natural ability or teaching, who gained from literature as well, who love good arts, were established for that purpose (described in the first sentence)and moved forward to help men in the case of carefully cultivating ideas either by their own writings or by example or by understanding and by work and were presented with titles and honors, the President and Harvard's Associate Colleges, with the Examiners agreeing to be honored and revered, for the sake of honor created and gave this with all the rights and honors pertaining to this position to Eliezer Peli so that he may be considered a Teacher of the Arts in our company."

"In cuius rei testimonium (Into the evidence of those who matter) The President and the Associate Colleges on the 1st day of December in the year of the Human Savior 2002 and in the 366th year of Harvard University have properly signed their names below having strengthened this letter with the seal of the University."

The Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award

Awarded to Eli Peli in 2001

The Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award

To view Eli's Presentation:

2001 Lecture (link outdated)

To read more about this award:

Glenn A. Fry Award

Presented to Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO "for his outstanding contributions to research in optometry and vision science"

2011: David Atchison, 2010: Nathan Efron, 2009: Austin Roorda, 2008: Laura Frishman, 2007: Christine Wildsoet, 2006: Donald O. Mutti, 2005: Suzanne M.J. Fleiszig, 2004: John G. Flanagan, 2003: Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy, 2002: Raymond A. Applegate, 2001: Eli Peli, 2000: Joseph Bonanno, 1999: Harold E. Bedell, 1998: John V. Lovasik, 1997: Larry N. Thibos, 1996: Earl L. Smith, III 1995: Karla Zadnik, 1994: Chris A. Johnson, 1993: Cynthia Owsley, 1992: Thomas F. Freddo 1991: Arthur Bradley, 1990: Gordon E. Legge, 1989: Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, 1988: Brien A. Holden 1987: Dennis M. Levi, 1986: Ian L. Bailey, 1985: Clifton M. Schor, 1984: Jacob G. Sivak 1983: Richard M. Hill, 1982: Davida Y. Teller, 1981: Carl Kupfer, 1980: Ronald S. Harwerth 1979: Gilbert D. McCann, 1978: Richard Held, 1977: Donald G. Pitts, 1976: Robert E. Marc 1975: Geoffrey H. Henry, 1974: No Award Given, 1973: Penelope K. Flom, 1972: Elwin Marg 1971: Jay M. Enoch, 1970: Anthony J. Adams and Arthur J. Afanador

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