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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Peter Boyce awarded highest honor from IESNA

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recently conferred its highest honors upon LRC Professor Peter Boyce: the 2003 IESNA Medal Award. The award is given each year to recognize those who have made “meritorious technical achievement that has remarkably furthered the profession, art, or knowledge of illuminating engineering.”

“I am very flattered to receive the IESNA Medal, particularly because I’m from overseas,” said Dr. Boyce. He added that only two others from the United Kingdom have received the medal, H.C. Weston and Jack Waldran. Both are considered major figures in the advancement of lighting technology. “To be considered in the same league as them is a great honor.”

Dr. Boyce will receive the award in August at the Honors Luncheon at the IESNA Annual Conference in Chicago. He was chosen for the Medal Award for his 35 years of work that has set the standard internationally for research into the impact of lighting on human performance and behavior. He has published research on a wide range of topics, from security and emergency lighting to visual performance and shift work. His influential book, Human Factors in Lighting, is considered one of the most referenced books on the subject of lighting and human behavior. His contribution to lighting has also come in the form of classroom teaching and thesis mentoring to a generation of lighting professionals. The IESNA Medal is considered the highest honor in the lighting profession.

“I have been fortunate to have known and collaborated with Peter over the last 20 years and can say without qualification that Peter is one of the few living icons in our industry,” said LRC Director Mark Rea. Dr. Boyce is the second LRC faculty member to receive the Medal; Dr. Rea received the same honor in 2000.

Candidates for the Medal are nominated and endorsed by their peers. One such endorsement came from renowned lighting designer Howard Brandston of Brandston Partnership, Inc., who said: “It is hard for me to conceive of a man-made space that does not use light. It is equally as hard for me to conceive of anyone working within the IESNA sphere of influence on this planet that has not been impacted upon by Peter and his work. His name resonates concern for the humans who occupy the spaces we build.”

Prior to joining the LRC in 1990, Dr. Boyce worked as a research officer for the Electricity Council Research Centre in England where he conducted research on visual fatigue, the influence of age on visual performance, and visual problems associated with visual display units. As a professor and leader of the Human Factors Program at the LRC, he directs research projects, writes reviews, teaches, and advises students. His research interests include lighting evaluation, lighting for the elderly, and security lighting. Dr. Boyce is a Fellow of the IESNA, and he has received six awards for his work from organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. He has written more than 150 articles and recently completed the second edition of his book, Human Factors in Lighting. Dr. Boyce received his Ph.D. in physics from Reading University, England.


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