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News Release
May 11, 1998

ZYGO FOUNDERS RECEIVE EDWIN H. LAND MEDAL

MIDDLEFIELD, CONNECTICUT (May 11, 1998)......Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIGO) announced today that its founders, Paul F. Forman, Sol F. Laufer, and Carl A. Zanoni, have been recognized by the Optical Society of America Board of Directors as recipients of the 1998 Edwin H. Land Medal. This award was established in 1992 to recognize individuals whose demonstrated scientific knowledge and pioneering entrepreneurial activity has had a major public impact in the field of the mechanisms of vision; the science of optics; the properties and use of light; and the creation, manipulation, and communication of images of all kinds. The award will be presented at the 1998 Optical Society of America Annual Meeting to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, during the week of October 5, 1998. Gary K. Willis, president and chief executive officer of ZYGO, enthusiastically saluted the recipients by saying, "All of us at ZYGO take a great deal of pride in learning of our founders' receipt of this most prestigious award. ZYGO employees, past and present, salute them, individually, and the honor bestowed upon them and our company."

Zygo Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets high performance measurement and yield improvement instruments, systems, and accessories used in high technology industries. The Company is headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, and also has operations in Asslar, Germany; Longmont, Colorado; and in Newbury Park, Sunnyvale, and Simi Valley, California.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company's current judgment on certain issues. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially. Important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are described in the Company's reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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