Sunday, 10 February 2019

Millennium Technology Prize 2018 to Tuomo Suntola - more photos from May 22

On May 22, 2018, Tuomo Suntola was awarded the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize (MTP) for his Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) invention, awarded every two years for a life-changing innovation. Before Suntola, the MTP in 2016 was awarded to Frances Arnold. Without ALD - an invisible technology as such - Moore's law could not have continued, and we would not have the computing power (computers, smartphones) of today. The BALD Engineering and Atomic Limits blogs are good sources for recent views on the impact and development of ALD. For more on the Millennium Technology Prize, please view the Technology Academy Finland (TAF) website https://taf.fi/; next call for nominations will open in April 2019.


Dr. Tuomo Suntola (left) received the Millennium Technology Prize as the inventor of Atomic Layer Deposition technology. In the middle of the photo, Sauli Niinistö, president of Finland (middle), who handed the prize. At the right, Marja Makarow (professor, chair of Technology Academy Finland). The prize ceremony was organized on May 22, 2018 in Helsinki (Kaapelitehdas).  Photo by Riikka Puurunen, shared in Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

As the drafter of the nomination letter, I was honoured to be invited to the gala event & prize ceremony on May 22, 2018. For me, the prize and the event was literally a dream come true. The event was historical throughout. I wished that more colleagues from the ALD community could have shared the event and the joy and pride.

To record this historical event and to share its details with others, as a hobbyist photographer I took many photos and several short videos at the event. Some I have shared in the ALD History Blog post right after the event, in a video collection on Youtube, and in photos released to Creative Commons.

Now I have gone through my collections again and here I am sharing more photos. I link to the already published Youtube and Wikimedia Commons contents, where appropriate. The photos uploaded in Wikimedia Commons have a Creative Commons (CC) licence that allows everyone to freely use and distribute the photos - the only requirement is that you credit the source and if you make modifications, you share the new versions similarly openly (CC BY-SA 4.0). If you would like to reuse some of the photos shared in the blog but which are not in Wikimedia Commons, please contact me directly - you can find my contact info through the Aalto University website.

Espoo, February 10, 2018
Riikka Puurunen




Audience sat down in Kaapelitehdas Helsinki to wait for the award ceremony to begin. Among the audience e.g. Prof. Markku Leskelä (University of Helsinki) and Mr. Kustaa Poutiainen (Picosun). (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)
Introduction and speech by Prof. Marja Makarow. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen) 

Speech by Prof. Päivi Törmä describing the impact of the winning invention (photo by Riikka Puurunen). Partial capture of the speech in Youtube (by Riikka Puurunen) https://youtu.be/FhfJohK5rro.

Announcement of the prize by Marja Makarow. Video capture in Youtube https://youtu.be/S3029Z0roAQ by Riikka Puurunen.

Speech by President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, to the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize awardee. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)

Dr. Tuomo Suntola (left) received the Millennium Technology Prize as the inventor of Atomic Layer Deposition technology. In the middle of the photo, Sauli Niinistö, president of Finland (middle), who handed the prize. At the right, Marja Makarow (professor, chair of Technology Academy Finland). The prize ceremony was organized on May 22, 2018 in Helsinki (Kaapelitehdas).  Photo by Riikka Puurunen, shared in Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuomo_Suntola_received_the_Millennium_Technology_Prize_2018.jpg 

(Another view at The Moment): The 2018 Millennium Technology Prize was handed to Dr. Tuomo Suntola by Mr. Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland. Also on stage: Chairperson of the Technology Academy Finland, Professor Marja Makarow. May 22, 2018, photo by Riikka Puurunen.

Thank speech by Tuomo Suntola. Partial video capture by Riikka Puurunen in Youtube: https://youtu.be/J85Xt3Vj21I. Some details of the speech have been published in ALD History Blog: http://aldhistory.blogspot.com/2018/05/suntola-thanks-community-for-support-and-shares-honor.html.

The 2018 Millennium Technology Prize awardee Tuomo Suntola steps down from the podium after delivering his thank speech. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)

After the award ceremony, it was time to prepare for dinner with programme and speeches. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)

After sitting down, programme continued. Here, the MTP 2018 awardee Tuomo Suntola. Photo by Riikka Puurunen, CC BY-SA 4.0  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tuomo_Suntola_at_the_Millennium_Technology_Prize_Gala_2018.jpg   


The author of the blog was honoured to join, in honoured company. Jorma Antson sat next to me - he is the other person in the 1st ALE (atomic layer epitaxy) patent. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen) 

Many speeches, many important viewpoints. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)

Happy moment at the photo booth at the Millennium Technology Prize Gala, from left: Prof. em. Outi Krause, Dr. Tuomo Suntola, Prof. Riikka Puurunen. May 22, 2018, photo provided by the Millennium Technology Prize organization.  (Also in Twitter: https://twitter.com/rlpuu/status/1000720159047340033)

All good things come to an end. I do not often take or publish selfies, but some historical moments need one - moments to remember forever. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen) 
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Edits to post after publication:
* 10.2.2019 the word "biennial" removed (although true, it repeats the same as "every two years")

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