Norman Edmund Inspiration Award

Recognizing a New Generation of Innovation and Discovery
(PresseBox) (Karlsruhe, ) Edmund Optics®, the premier provider of optical components, announced today the launch of their new Norman Edmund Inspiration Award, to honor the contributions made by Norman Edmund to advance the science of optics. The award will consist of an additional $5,000 USD in product donations to be presented to one of the three 2012 first-place prize recipients of the company's worldwide higher education grant program currently running in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

The Norman Edmund Inspiration Award will be given to the college or university optics program in science, technology, engineering or mathematics that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics' founder Norman Edmund. Mr. Edmund, creator and entrepreneurial spirit behind Edmund Scientific which later evolved into Edmund Optics, is credited with inspiring many generations of young talent to become interested in science and engineering through his thought-provoking catalog of optics, science experiments, and learning tools. He is remembered by all for his generosity, curiosity and love of science.

"My father had a life-long commitment to motivating and inspiring young people to become involved in science," recalls Robert Edmund, CEO of Edmund Optics. "With this award we are carrying on his desire to excite another generation about innovation and discovery."

The beneficiary of this additional product award will be chosen from the three previously-selected 2012 first prize recipients, from the Americas, Europe, and Asia respectively. The award recipient is determined by the Edmund Optics Board of Directors Committee lead by Joan Husted, daughter of Norman Edmund and EO Board Member.

The prize recipients of the 2012 Higher Education Grant Program and the 2012 European Research and Innovation Award will be announced on September 14, 2012. Product donations totaling $80,000 USD will be distributed to the award recipients in the three geographic locations. Applications are still being accepted until June 30, 2012. Please visit for the Americas and Asia and for Europe.

Edmund Optics will announce the winner of the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award of an additional $5000 USD of products on October 10, 2012.

Complete details regarding the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award and EO Grant Program can be found at or


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