Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Raymond N. Smartt
August 07, 2010

In Memoriam:  Raymond N. Smartt, 1930-2010 Raymond N. (Ray) Smartt, an OSA Fellow and former scientist at the U.S. National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, passed away on 7 August 2010, in Newcastle, Australia, a few days after his 80th birthday.  Smartt was an optical physicist who made important contributions to coronal physics.   Smartt began his...


Franco Cerrina
July 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Franco Cerrina, 1948-2010 Franco Cerrina, an OSA Fellow who was chair of the Boston University (BU) College of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department, was found dead in his laboratory on July 12, 2010. The death was ruled "noncriminal" by the Boston Police department. Cerrina was 62. Cerrina earned his PhD in solid-state physics in 1974...


John B. Abbiss
June 23, 2010

In Memoriam: John B. Abbiss, 1931-2010 Dr. John B. Abbiss, aged 78, died suddenly from heart failure on Wednesday 23rd of June 2010 at his home in Irvine, California. After receiving Bachelor degrees in Physics and Mathematics in 1952 and 1953, respectively, from the University of Wales at Cardiff, Dr. Abbiss joined the Guided Weapons Division of the former Bristol Aircraft Company (n...


Gerald Meltz
June 09, 2010

In Memoriam:  Gerald Meltz, 1934-2010 Gerald (Gerry) Meltz, internationally known for his contributions to the field of fiber optic sensing and for his discovery and development of UV written fiber Bragg gratings, passed away June 9, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. In recognition of his contributions, Meltz received the prestigious Optoelectronics Rank Prize in 2...


Sang Soo Lee
May 07, 2010

OSA Mourns the Loss of Sang Soo Lee, 1925-2010 Sang Soo Lee, an OSA Fellow and a Professor Emeritus at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), passed away on May 7, 2010, in Korea. He was 84. Known as the "Father of Optics" in Korea, Dr. Lee was the first scientist with a Ph.D. degree in optics in his country, and he nearly single-handedly laid the foun...


Alfred Josef Thelen
April 19, 2010

In Memoriam:  Alfred Josef Thelen, 1929-2010 Alfred Josef Thelen, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the field of optical thin films, died on April 19, 2010, in Frankfurt, Germany.  He was 81. Thelen’s accomplishments included work in such areas as antireflection coatings, reflection and minus filters, edge filters, beam splitters, broad- and narrow-ban...


Boris P. Stoicheff
April 15, 2010

OSA Mourns the Loss of Boris P. Stoicheff, OSA Past President Boris P. Stoicheff, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus and an emeritus university professor of physics at the University of Toronto, Canada, died on April 15, 2010 in Toronto after a battle with multiple myeloma.  He was 85. Stoicheff, who built the first ruby laser in Canada, was renowned for his pioneering cont...


Michael S. Feld
April 10, 2010

In Memoriam: Michael S. Feld, 1940–2010 Michael S. Feld, an OSA Fellow and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on April 10, 2010, in Jamaica Plain, MA, after an eight-year struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 69. Feld, who directed the MIT George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory since 1976, made fundamental contributions in the field of lase...


Lucien M. Biberman
March 28, 2010

In Memoriam: Lucien Morton Biberman, 1919–2010 Lucien M. Biberman, an OSA Fellow internationally known for his contributions to electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) technology and phenomenology, died on March 28, 2010 in Silver Spring, MD. He was 90. In a career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Biberman conducted pioneering research in infrared detectors, sensors, missile seekers a...


Daniel J. Bradley
February 07, 2010

In Memoriam: Professor Daniel Bradley, laser scientist, 1928-2010 Daniel J. Bradley, an OSA Fellow and a member for 45 years, died 7 February 2010 in Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland.  He was 82. Bradley was an early pioneer and world leader in laser physics who was best known for his work on the development of ultra-fast pulsed lasers and high-efficiency dye lasers. Bradley produced pul...