Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

William C. Martin
September 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  William C. Martin, OSA Fellow Emeritus, 1929-2013William Clyde Martin, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in the fields of atomic spectroscopy and atomic energy, died 15 September 2013 in Washington, DC. He was 83. Martin worked for more than 40 years as a scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he was an expert in the spectra ...


Mark J. Beran
August 05, 2013

In Memoriam: Mark Jay Beran, 1930 - 2013 Mark Jay Beran, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for almost 50 years, died on 5 August 2013, shortly before his 83rd birthday.  Beran earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He began his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of engin...


James P. Gordon
June 21, 2013

OSA Mourns the Loss of James P. Gordon, OSA Honorary Member, 1928–2013James P. Gordon, an OSA Honorary Member and Fellow Emeritus who was known for his contributions to quantum electronics and optical communication theory, including the first demonstration of the maser, passed away on 21 June 2013.  He was 85. Gordon was born in New York City in 1928. He attended the...


Cyrus D. Cantrell III
June 19, 2013

In Memoriam:  Cyrus D. Cantrell III, 1940-2013 Cyrus Duncan “Cy” Cantrell III, an OSA Fellow who helped establish, build and mentor the engineering and computer programs at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), died on 19 June 2013 due to complications from cancer. He was 72. A physics and electrical engineering professor at UTD for 33 years, Cantrell helped establ...


John R. Murray
June 02, 2013

In Memoriam: John R. Murray, 1943-2013 John R. Murray, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for more than thirty years, passed away on 2 June 2013.  He was 70. Murray received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965 and 1970.  As an undergraduate student, he became involved in scientific research in the early days o...


Robin M. Hochstrasser
February 27, 2013

In Memoriam:  Robin M. Hochstrasser, 1931-2013 Robin M. Hochstrasser, an OSA fellow and a member of the Society since 1987, passed away on 27 February 2013 at the age of 82. Hochstrasser, known as one of the world’s foremost scientists in the application of lasers in chemical and biomedical research, was a professor and distinguished researcher in the Department of Chemistr...


Jerzy Adam Dobrowolski
February 12, 2013

In Memoriam: J. A. Dobrowolski, 1931-2013Jerzy (‘George’) Adam Dobrowolski, a well-known pioneer in the field of optical thin films, died peacefully on 12 February 2013 in Ottawa, Canada, at the age of 81. George worked for his entire professional career at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and made a number of significant contributions to the science and application...


M. Parker Givens
January 11, 2013

In Memoriam:  M. Parker Givens, 1916-2013M. Parker Givens, former acting director and professor emeritus of the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics and a renowned teacher to generations of students, died on 11 January 2013. He was 96. Givens received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1942, where his fields of interest were the optical properties of metals and vacuum ul...


Peter Domachuk
January 01, 2013

Photonics community mourns loss of Peter DomachukPeter Domachuk, a member of the OSA Young Professionals Program, passed away in the first days of January 2013 after a sudden illness.  He was 33.   Peter did his undergraduate and postgraduate degree in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, Australia.  His Ph.D. was on the topic of optofluidics and he was supervi...


Timothy C. (Tim) Strand
December 29, 2012

In Memoriam:  Timothy C. (Tim) Strand, 1948-2012, OSA Fellow EmeritusTimothy C. (Tim) Strand, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and an OSA member for 37 years, died of non-smoker lung cancer on 29 December 2012 at his home in San Jose, California. He was 64.Tim received a B.A. degree in Physics (with Highest Distinction) from the University of Iowa in 1970.  He attended graduate school at...