Honorary Members


Honorary Members

Stephen E. HarrisStephen E. Harris

The most distinguished of all OSA Member categories, Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have made unique, seminal contributions to the field of optics. The roster of living Honorary Members demonstrates the high stature of this designation: Arthur Ashkin, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, Theodor W. Hänsch, Stephen E. Harris, Donald B. Keck, Herwig Kogelnik, William D. Phillips, Charles H. Townes and Emil Wolf.

Honorary Members are elected by unanimous vote of the OSA Board of Directors upon nomination by the OSA Presidential Advisory Committee and unanimous endorsement by the OSA Awards Committee.  The number of living Honorary Members cannot exceed two-thousandths (2/1000) of the total membership of the Society. Normally, no more than one Honorary Member can be elected in a calendar year, although the Board of Directors may exceed that limitation under extraordinary circumstances.

Honorary Members receive a complimentary OSA lifetime membership and other special recognitions of their distinguished status, including complimentary OSA meeting registrations and member subscriptions to all OSA journals of their choice.

Any OSA member may nominate someone to the status of Honorary Membership by sending a brief (no longer than one page) advocacy statement discussing the candidate to: OSA Executive Office, 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, USA 20036, ATTN: Presidential Advisory Committee; or email mpaterson@osa.org. The deadline for nominations is 1 March.


2013 - Stephen E. Harris No citation available

2012 - Donald B. Keck No citation available

2011 - Jarus W. Quinn [Citation]

For his exceptional leadership of the OSA as its Executive Director from 1969 through 1994 and the profound influence that he has had on making the society the success that it is today.

2010 - James P. Gordon [Citation]

For his numerous high-impact, seminal contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the first demonstration of the maser.

2009 - Arthur Ashkin [Citation]

for his pioneering work on optical trapping and the development of optical tweezers

2008 - Theodor W. Haensch No citation available

2008 - Roy J. Glauber No citation available

2007 - John L. Hall No citation available

2005 - Herwig Kogelnik No citation available

2004 - William D. Phillips No citation available

2003 - Steven Chu No citation available

2002 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji No citation available

2001 - Alexander Prokhorov No citation available

2000 - Willis E. Lamb [Citation]

In recognition of his fundamental and pioneering contributions to laser physics.

1993 - James G. Baker No citation available

1992 - George Wald No citation available

1987 - Emil Wolf No citation available

1986 - Andre Marechal No citation available

1984 - Nicolaas Bloembergen [Citation]

No formal citation, refer to Optics News March,April 1984/ Page 14.

1984 - Rudolf Kingslake No citation available

1983 - Arthur L. Schawlow [Citation]

No formal citation, refer to Optics News/ March, April 1983/Page 12.

1981 - John Donovan Strong No citation available

1980 - H. Keffer Hartline No citation available

1972 - Dennis Gabor No citation available

1972 - Edwin H. Land No citation available

1970 - Charles H. Townes No citation available

1968 - Gerhard Herzberg No citation available

1967 - George R. Harrison No citation available

1966 - Harrison M. Randall No citation available

1962 - Alfred Kastler No citation available

1958 - William F. Meggers No citation available

1957 - Thomas Smith No citation available

1957 - C.E. Kenneth Mees No citation available

1954 - Fritz Zernike No citation available

1950 - Arnold Sommerfeld No citation available

1950 - R. A. Millikan No citation available

1944 - R. W. Wood No citation available

1941 - Theodore Lyman No citation available

1941 - C. V. Raman No citation available

1933 - Edward Bausch No citation available

1933 - Charles Fabry No citation available

1922 - A. A. Michelson No citation available

1922 - S. W. Stratton No citation available

1916 - Edward L. Nichols No citation available

1916 - Charles S. Hastings No citation available

1916 - George E. Hale No citation available

- Robert W. Hellwarth No citation available