Anthony M. Johnson

Anthony M. Johnson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1954. After receiving a B.S. in Physics from Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1981 from the City College of New York, Johnson spent 14 years conducting research at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. His research has been in the general area of ultrafast optics and optoelectronics.

Johnson went on to serve as chairperson and distinguished professor in the department of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology from 1995-2003. He is currently the director of Center for Advanced Study in Photonics Research (CASP) and professor in the Department of Physics and the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has published nearly 60 refereed papers, two book chapters and holds four U.S. patents.

He has provided unceasing service to the optics community as an active member of a number of professional organizations and scientific commissions. His roles have included:  Editor-in-Chief of Optics Letters and Editor; member of OSA’s Board of Directors and Board of Editors; member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Science and the Board on Assessment of NIST Programs; member of the governing boards of the American Institute of Physics and IEEE LEOS and the Executive Board of American Physical Society and a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He has also served on the program committees for CLEO and the LEOS Annual Meeting and co-chaired CLEO in 1996.

Johnson is recipient of APS's 1996 Edward A. Bouchet Award. He is a fellow of OSA, APS, IEEE, AAAS, and the National Society of Black Physicists.

To see more on Anthony Johnson view his OSA History Interview.

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