Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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...


Donald R. Herriott
November 08, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Donald R. Herriott Donald R. Herriott, a pioneer in the field of laser technology and a past president of OSA, died November 8, 2007 after a long illness.  He was 79. Herriott attended Duke University, the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester and the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.  From 1949 to 1956, while attending the University of Roc...


Stanley Flatt
November 04, 2007

OSA Remembers OSA Fellow Stanley Flatté Stanley Flatté, an OSA Fellow since 1996, died on November 4, 2007 at his home in Santa Cruz, CA.  He was 66 years old.  Dr. Flatté, a professor emeritus and research professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was known for his work on wave propagation that led to important contributions in the fields of atmospheric...


André Maréchal
October 14, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Honorary Member André Maréchal André Maréchal, an Honorary Member and Fellow of OSA and the Director general of the French Institut d’Optique from 1968-1983, died on October 14, 2007, a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Maréchal was elected to Honorary Membership, OSA’s highest honor, in 1986 in recognition of his work in the areas of coherence, dif...


Chandra S. Vikram
August 17, 2007

In Memoriam: Chandra S. Vikram Chandra S.Vikram, an OSA Fellow known widely for his distinguished contributions to optical metrology, died suddenly on August 17, 2007, in Huntsville, AL. He was 56 years old. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics in 1973 from the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT), Delhi, Prof. Vikram took a brief post-doctoral assignment at the institution, leaving to j...


Gallieno Denardo
July 23, 2007

OSA mourns the passing of Gallieno Denardo With great sadness, we share the news of the sudden passing of Gallieno Denardo. We've lost a friend of the OSA and the optics community. Denardo was the coordinator of the optics and laser programs at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Trieste, Italy. Denar...


Max Richard Nagel
May 23, 2007

Obituary/Memorium of Former Optical Society of America Member Dr. Max Richard Nagel, PhD Born December 15, 1909, Bautzen, Germany Former Optical Society of America member and noted physicist Dr. Max R. Nagel died peacefully, pen and writing pad in hand, on May 23, 2007 at the venerable age of 97. Dr. Nagel was considered one of the world’s leading scientists in advancing the measur...


Theodore Harold Maiman
May 05, 2007

Theodore Harold Maiman 1927-2007 Theodore Maiman, who demonstrated the world’s first laser in May 1960, passed away on May 5, 2007, at the age of 79. Other groups had already started trying to build lasers when Maiman decided to tackle the problem in mid-1959. He owed his quick success to a particularly elegant design and a keen understanding of the properties of the material he ...


Stanley Bashkin
May 01, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of Stanley Bashkin Stanley Bashkin passed away at his home in Tucson, AZ on May 1, 2007. He received a BA from Brooklyn College in 1944 and a PhD in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Following academic and research positions at Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa, California Institute of Technology and Australian National University, he jo...