OSA members share about their work, sources of inspiration, tales from recent events, the value of OSA membership, and more.



Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs, University of Arizona

As explained in Nick Taylor's "LASER - The Inventor, The Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War" [1] it took Gordon Gould 30 years to obtain the Basic Laser Patent (1987) whose value increased enormously since 1957.  Only recently (2013) was U.S.Patent Law changed from "first to the concept" to "first to the Patent Office", which is consistent with the rest of the world.

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Bob Maltby, OSA Emeritus Member

Two Optical Society members have influenced my optics fareer. The first was Dr. John Strong who as a consultant to LOF Glass was very thoughtful and inspiring to me and my family, including giving me an autographed copy of his Concepts of Classical Optics Book. The other was a summer student who did his first interferometer job working for me, Dr. James Wyant, who of course you know as a recent President of the Optical Society.

I am now retired having done many optics jobs... Continue Reading

Francisco Duarte

One evening, the 1st week of December, 1992, in Houston, Texas, I had the good fortune of having a long conversation with Willis E. Lamb on the subject of quantum measurements. We had been introduced by Marlan Scully and, at the time, I had initiated an N-slit laser interferometric measurement program back at the Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak, in Rochester, NY. Quantum measurements was a favorite subject of his. I had been introduced to quantum physics via Dirac’s notation... Continue Reading