Three OSA Fellows Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Three OSA Fellows Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

WASHINGTON, April 27 - Three Fellows of the Optical Society (OSA) were recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to physics and engineering sciences and technologies, respectively. They were among 220 new members, including 203 fellows and 17 foreign honorary members.

The OSA Fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science this year are:

  • Philip Howard Bucksbaum, Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science; Director, Stanford PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science; Chair of the Stanford Photon Physics Faculty at SLAC; Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University. Phil is also the current vice president of OSA.

  • John B. Pendry, Chair in Theoretical Solid State Physics, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Department of Physics, Imperial College London

  • Eli Yablonovitch, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

According to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “the Academy has elected leading ‘thinkers and doers’ from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.”

For a list of all of this year’s members and fellows of the Academy, visit the American Academy of Arts and Sciences website.

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