Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Willis Lamb Jr.
May 15, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Nobel Laureate Willis Lamb Jr. Professor Emeritus Willis E. Lamb, Jr., a Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member, died May 15, 2008. He was 94 years old. Lamb received a Nobel Prize in 1955 for his experimental work on the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum and discovery of a phenomenon called the Lamb shift. His discovery revolutionized the quantum theory of m...


Yoginder Joshi
April 02, 2008

OSA Remembers Dr. Yoginder Joshi The optics community was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Yoginder Joshi, an OSA Fellow and Senior Research Professor of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Joshi passed away on April 2, 2008. He was 70. Dr. Joshi was born in the Punjab in India. After completing a master’s degree at Punjab University ...


Louis Drummeter
March 20, 2008

OSA Remembers Louis Drummeter Louis F. Drummeter Jr., a retired research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and an OSA member for over fifty years, died March 20, 2008 of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He was 86. Dr. Drummeter joined the Naval Research Lab in 1948 and helped design early satellites, among his other projects. His specialtie...


Daniel S. Chemla
March 20, 2008

In Memoriam: Daniel Chemla, 1940-2008 Daniel S. Chemla, an OSA Fellow Emeritus renowned for his contributions to the materials sciences, nanoscience and synchrotron science, died on March 20, 2008 at his home in Kensington, California.  He was 67. Chemla had been director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Materials Science Division and of the lab’s Advanced ...


Pak Lim Chu
March 15, 2008

In Memorium: Professor Pak Lim Chu 12 November 1940 – 15 March 2008 Pak Chu at UNSW in 2000 The world of photonics has lost a great champion and a pioneer of fibre optics in Australia with the passing of Professor Pak Lim Chu, who died on March 15, 2008, after a year’s battle with cancer.  An OSA Fellow since 199...


Joseph LeFevre Horner
March 07, 2008

OSA REMEMBERS JOSEPH LEFEVRE HORNER Joseph LeFevre Horner, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in the area of optical pattern recognition, died on March 7, 2008 in Belmont, MA, following a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Dr. Horner, a graduate of Haverford College, received his Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After six...


Ralph W. Nicholls
January 25, 2008

In Memoriam: Ralph W. Nicholls, 1926-2008 Ralph W. Nicholls, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of physics at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, died suddenly of cardiovascular disease on January 25, 2008. Nicholls was an OSA Fellow Emeritus and had been an OSA member for 60 years. He was 81. A pioneer in the Canadian space science community, Prof. Nicholls was the founding Cha...


Henry Eltinge Breed Jr.
December 08, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Henry Eltinge Breed Jr. Henry Eltinge Breed Jr., an OSA Fellow Emeritus, physics professor and expert in photography, electro-optics and acoustics, died on December 8, 2007. He was 92 years old. Breed was born in Manhattan on December 5, 1915, the son of the actress and activist Ethel Burns and the civil engineer H. Eltinge Breed. He attended Storm King School in C...


James J. Snyder
November 29, 2007

OSA REMEMBERS JAMES J. SNYDER Recently many of us in the optical physics community bade farewell to a much respected and cherished colleague, Jim Snyder, who passed away on November 29, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Jim’s career in physics spanned many decades, including time spent in government laboratories, private industry and academia. In all of these are...


Paul Forman
November 17, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Paul Forman Paul Forman, co-founder of Zygo Corporation, a company that manufactures and distributes high-end optical systems and components for metrology and end-user applications, and a member of OSA for 52 years, died on November 17, 2007 in Stony Creek, CT. Forman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1956. He wor...