OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.
Liren Liu, 1942-2017
June 20, 2017
Prof. Dr. Liren Liu, OSA Fellow and distinguished Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, passed away on 20 June 2017. Prof. Dr. Liu was a renowned scientist in the areas of optics and optical engineering and a significant contributor to the community. Prof. Liu was made an OSA Fellow in 1998 for his contributions in optical signal processing, computing, and the promot...
John O'Brien, 1969-2017
March 31, 2017
John O’Brien, OSA Fellow and Executive Vice Dean of Engineering at USC Viterbi, passed away on 31 March 2017 at the age of 48. O’Brien was an active OSA volunteer having served on a number of programmatic committees and was made an OSA Fellow is 2008 for this contributions to the science and technology of photonic crystal devices.
O’Brien received his BS degree ...
Glenn T. Sincerbox
March 24, 2017
Glenn T. Sincerbox, OSA Fellow and active OSA volunteer, passed away on 24 March 2017. Sincerbox was an Emeritus member of OSA and served on numerous committees for the Society, including the Frontiers in Optics Program Committee (1994-1998) and the Optical Data Storage Advisory Committee, of which he served as Chair in 1993-1994.
Sincerbox graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institu...
Adolf F. Fercher, 1939-2017
March 10, 2017
Adolf Friedrich Fercher, former OSA Emeritus Member and recipient of the 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, passed away on 10 March 2017 at the age of 77. Fercher, a noted pioneer in the field of ophthalmic laser interferometry, served as the Head of the Institute of Medical Physics at the University of Vienna (and subsequently the Medical University of Vienna) from 1986 to 2007.&nb...
Mildred Dresselhaus, 1930-2017
February 21, 2017
Mildred Dresselhaus, first woman to win the US National Medal of Science in Engineering, recipient of US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and pioneer in the electronic properties of materials, passed away at the age of 86. Dresselhaus was well known for her work on nanomaterials and other nanostructural systems based on layered materials. She was known as the “Queen of carbon science&...
Arthur L. Smirl, 1944-2016
December 10, 2016
Arthur “Art” L. Smirl, OSA Fellow and former member of the OSA Board of Directors, passed away at his home on 10 December 2016. Smirl was Professor, Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa, IA, USA. Smirl had been an OSA member for more than 45 years and was an active committee volunteer. His OSA service included terms on the OSA...
Joe Yaver, 1933-2016
November 29, 2016
Joe Yaver, former Executive Director of SPIE, passed away at his home on 29 November 2016 at the age of 83. Yaver served as the SPIE Executive Director from November 1969 to 1993 and under his leadership the organization reached significant milestones in the areas of membership and meetings. It was during Yaver’s tenure that the SPIE headquarters was moved from Los Angeles, CA, US to Bell...
Donald S. Nicholson, 1918-2016
November 11, 2016
Donald “Don” S. Nicholson, OSA Fellow and Emeritus Member, passed away on 11 November 2016 at the age of 98. Nicholson was an active member of The Optical Society and the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC). Nicholson served as OSSC President from 1969-1970 and became an OSA Fellow in 1972. His OSA membership spanned more than 50 years, having joined the Society in 1...
Isaac Abella, 1934-2016
October 23, 2016
Isaac Abella, OSA Fellow and noted physicist, passed away on 23 October at the age of 82. Abella specialized in laser physics, quantum optics, and spectroscopy of rare-Earth laser materials. Over the course of his career, Abella would become a beloved teacher and mentor to undergraduate students at the University of Chicago.
Abella was born in Toronto, Canada, and ea...
Patricia R. Wakeling, 1923-2016
September 21, 2016
Patricia “Paddy” R. Wakeling, former Managing Editor of Applied Optics (AO) and recipient of the OSA Distinguished Service Award, passed away on 21 September 2016 at the age of 93. Wakeling was known for her boundless energy and expertise in scientific publishing. Over the course of her 30 year career with OSA, Wakeling held several pivotal positions in the Executive Office, includi...