Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

George I. Stegeman, 1942-2015
May 02, 2015

George I. Stegeman, OSA Fellow and 2003 recipient of OSA R.W. Wood Prize, passed away on 2 May 2015. George was an icon in the area of nonlinear optics and published more than 700 papers during his career.He was Emeritus Professor of Optics, Physics & ECE at CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida (UCF). George was an active OSA volunteer having served on the O...


Arpad A. Bergh, 1930-2015
April 30, 2015

Arpad Albert Bergh, OSA fellow and founder and president of Optoelectronics Industry Development (OIDA) passed away on 30 April 2015.  He was 85 years old. Dr. Bergh was awarded the OSA Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award in 2007 for his leadership role in establishing and leading the Optoelectronic Industries Development Association and making it the primary advocate for the optoelectron...


William S. C. Chang, 1931-2015
April 25, 2015

William S.C. Chang, OSA Fellow and distinguished researcher and academic administrator, passed away on 25 April 2015. Professor Chang was an Emeritus member of The Optical Society, having been a member for 54 years.  He was 84. Chang was born in Nantung, near Shanghai, China in 1931, and moved to the United States in 1948, where he pursued his study of electrical engineering.  He att...


John N. Howard, 1921 - 2015
April 15, 2015

John N. Howard, the founding editor of the journal Applied Optics, and for many years the Chief Scientist of the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, died on 15 April 2015, at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. He was 94. The cause of death was heart failure, according to his family. John Howard was born in Philadelphia in 1921, but grew up in Florida.  After obtaining a degree in physic...


Charles H. Townes, 1915-2015
January 27, 2015

Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes, an OSA Fellow and recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal (1996), died on 27 January 2015. He was 99. Charles was a luminary in the field of optics and photonics and was highly regarded by colleagues and the numerous students he mentored.     "This week the optical community lost one of its greatest pioneers – a curious spirit who lef...


Shaoul Ezekiel, 1935-2015
January 07, 2015

OSA Fellow Shaoul “Ziggy” Ezekiel passed away on 7 January 2015 at home with his wife at his bedside.  He died from soft tissue sarcoma cancer.  His research interests were primarily in the fields of lasers and optics and their applications in such areas as: atom-field interactions; ultra-high resolution spectroscopy; optical frequency / wavelength standards; and sensors...


Robert William Terhune, 1926-2014
November 20, 2014

Robert William Terhune, OSA Fellow and recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal (1992), died on 20 November 2014. He was 88. Robert was the founding editor of both the OSA Optics Letters journal (1977) and the Journal of the OSA B: Optical Physics (1984) and served on the OSA Board of Directors from 1980-1986.     During his career, Robert also served on the Board of Editors (1977-...


Peter E. Powers, 1965-2014
May 10, 2014

Peter E. Powers, a professor of Physics and Electro-Optics at the University of Dayton, USA, died Saturday, 10 May 2014, after a long battle with cancer.  He was 49. Powers had been a member of the University of Dayton faculty since 1997.  He built up a laboratory on campus with capabilities ranging from time resolved femtosecond processes to laser remote sensing.  His research ...


Anatoly P. Sukhorukov, 1938-2014
April 10, 2014

Nonlinear Optics PioneerAnatoly Sukhorukov, a pioneer and innovator in nonlinear optics, passed away on 10 April 2014 at the age of 78. He headed the department of photonics and microwave physics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. During his distinguished career, Sukhorukov made many contributions to modern wave physics, including the theory of nonlinear wave optics and parametric p...


Robert P. Madden, 1928-2014, OSA Past President
April 01, 2014

Robert P. Madden, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus who was a long-time staff member at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), died on 1 April 2014 after a prolonged illness.  He was 86. Bob Madden was born in 1928, spent his early years in Schenectady, NY, and attended Rochester University as an undergraduate. He und...