Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Guoguang Mu
April 12, 2012

OSA Mourns the loss of Guoguang Mu, 1931-2012 Guoguang Mu, an OSA Fellow who was one of the early pioneers of optics, applied optics, and optical instrumentation in China, died on 12 April 2012 in Tianjin, China. He was 81. Professor Mu was the founder and Director of Nankai University’s Institute of Modern Optics (IMO), the first higher education inst...


Terrill A. Cool
March 05, 2012

In Memoriam: Terrill A. Cool, 1936-2012 Terrill A. Cool, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who was a professor emeritus of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University, died 5 March 2012 in Ithaca, NY, USA, after a short illness. He was 75. Cool's research interests included the application of laser spectroscopy to problems in chemical physics, which ranged from st...


Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev
February 26, 2012

In Memoriam: Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev, 1947-2012 Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev, an OSA Fellow known for his work in solid state lasers, passed away on 26 February 2012 in Moscow, Russia. He was 64. Basiev was director of A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute’s Laser Materials and Photonics Department and scientific deputy director of the Institute’s Laser Materials and...


William R. Hunter
February 04, 2012

In Memoriam: William R. Hunter, 1924 - 2012 William R. Hunter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and an internationally renowned physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory from 1952 to 1980, died on 4 February 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia, at the age of 87. Hunter’s experimental research in optics was essential for the development of innovative rocket and satel...


H. John Caulfield
January 31, 2012

In Memoriam: H. John Caulfield, 1936-2012 H. John Caulfield, retired Chief Scientist at Alabama A&M University Research Institute and an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died on 31 January 2012. He was 75. Caulfield was noted for his pioneering contributions to the fields of holography and information optics. He popularized the field as curator of exhibits and throu...


Anthony E. Siegman
October 07, 2011

In Memoriam: Anthony E. Siegman, 1931-2011 Anthony E. Siegman, a laser pioneer and OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as OSA President in 1999, died on 7 October 2011 at his home in Stanford, CA, USA. He was 79. Tony Siegman was born 23 November 1931 and raised in rural Michigan. He received the AB degree summa cum laude after three years as a National Merit Scholar at Harvard...


Aden B. Meinel
October 02, 2011

In Memoriam: Aden B. Meinel, 1922-2011 Aden B. Meinel, a noted astronomer and OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as OSA President in 1972, died on 2 October 2011. He was 88. Meinel was the founding director of both the Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. Aden Meinel was born on 25 November 1922. After serving in the US Navy in 1944-194...


William P. Barnes, Jr.
August 08, 2011

In Memoriam: William P. Barnes, Jr., 1925-2011 William "Bill" P. Barnes, Jr., an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died 8 August 2011 in Acton, Massachusetts. He was 85, and had survived pancreatic cancer for nearly six years. Barnes was born in 1925 in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1946 with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering. He received two Mast...


Wang Daheng
July 21, 2011

In Memoriam: Wang Daheng, Founder of the Chinese Optical Society Wang Daheng, honorary President of the Chinese Optical Society and a revered optical scientist in China, died of illness on 21 July 2011 in Beijing, China.  He was 96. Mr. Wang, born on February 26, 1915 in Tokyo, made outstanding contributions to developing China's precision optical instruments, including the coun...


Kusiel S. Shifrin
June 02, 2011

In Memoriam: Kusiel S. Shifrin, 1918-2011 Professor Kusiel Solomonovich Shifrin, an OSA Fellow noted for his contributions to atmospheric and ocean optics, died on 2 June 2011 in Albany, Oregon, USA, just one month before his 93rd birthday. Dr. Shifrin was born in Mstislavl, Belarus, and graduated from Leningrad State University in 1940 with degrees from both the Department of Physics an...