The 2013 Walter Zapp prize has been awarded to the professor of physics Janis Spigulis (University of Latvia) for outstanding inventions in the fields of fiber optics and biophotonics. The prize for the best inventor is being awarded every second year since 2005 jointly by the company Minox (Germany), the Latvian Academy of Sciences and the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia.
The distinguished inventor Walter Zapp (born on 4 September 1905 in Riga, deceased on 17 June 2003 in Switzerland), having invented the world-famous camera VEF-Minox, has contributed greatly to the promotion of the name of Latvia worldwide. The production of the Minox camera was begun by the State Electrotechnical Factory (VEF) in Riga (1938-1942) and after the war was continued in Germany.
In 2001 Walter Zapp visited Riga and received the diploma of the Honorary doctor of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
The official award ceremony is to be held on 4 September 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Latvian Academy of Sciences.