OSA Century of Optics

OSA Century of Optics

The Optical Society is proud to present the OSA Century of Optics. The History Book Editors—Paul Kelley, Govind Agrawal, Mike Bass, Jeff Hecht and Carlos Stroud—worked with over 50 authors to create a fascinating history of optics and photonics over the last 100 years. 

Beginning around the founding of the Optical Society, the OSA Century of Optics presents a selection of people, events and technologies that were important to the evolution of optics, optical science, optical engineering, and photonics. A number of the chapters are written by the researchers and engineers that were seminal in making the discoveries that are showcased, and the book ends with 8 prominent scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Steven Chu, speculating about what the next 100 years will bring to the field of optics.

Centennial Booklets

In recognition of OSA’s 100th-anniversary year, the team at Optics & Photonics News is creating a series of four commemorative booklets. Together, the booklets will tell the story, in photos and other visuals, of OSA’s roots and evolution so far, and where the society—and the optics and photonics community that it serves—are headed as we embark on our next 100 years.

Coming in Q3
Coming in Q4
Journal of the Optical Society covers from 1916 to now.

Journal of the Optical Society of America Celebrates OSA's Centennial

To commemorate OSA's Centennial, OSA Publishing has developed some special content that highlights the Society's first publication, Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA), as well as its spinoffs, JOSA A and JOSA B.

New content will be added throughout the year, so please check back regularly.


Historical Editorials, Notes and Other Content

Explore notable editorials and other interesting content from JOSA, JOSA A, and JOSA B.

List of Topical and Assistant Editors

Browse all of the people who have served as topical and assistant editors over the last 100 years.

100 Most Cited By Journal

Enjoy free, full access to the 100 most cited JOSA, JOSA A, and JOSA B articles. They will be revealed throughout the year, 25 articles at a time. Click on the links below to view articles 51-100.

Biographies of Current and Past Editors-in-Chief

Learn more about the Editors-in-Chief of JOSA, JOSA A, and JOSA B.

Editor's Picks Collections

Read articles that the JOSA A and B Centennial Editors have selected to illustrate how certain topics have changed over time in the Journals.

Most Cited Articles by Decade

Discover the most cited articles across all of OSA's publications over the last 100 years. The most cited articles have been arranged by decade, and a new decade will be revealed each month starting in January 2016.