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.

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.


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. 

Biographies of Current and Past Editors-in-Chief

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

JOSA Term Browser

Explore the rise and fall of topics and technological themes in JOSA, JOSA A, and JOSA B with this interactive visual tool.

JOSA Word Cloud

Centennial Editorials by the Editors-in-Chief of JOSA A and JOSA B

Throughout the year, the Editors-in-Chief of JOSA A and JOSA B authored editorials looking back on JOSA's rich history with an eye on the future.

  • P. Scott Carney

    JOSA A
    P. Scott Carney
    University of Illinois, USA

  • Grover Swartzlander

    JOSA B
    Grover Swartzlander
    Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

  • Bahaa Saleh

    JOSA A
    Bahaa Saleh
    CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA

  • Prem Kumar

    JOSA B
    Prem Kumar
    Northwestern University, USA

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.