Optics & Photonics Timeline

This timeline attempts to capture the important breakthroughs, innovations, articles, individuals, and events in the history of optics and photonics. Please note that it is a work in progress; your comments and contributions are welcome. You may use the Contribute page to submit your suggestions.

Timeline


2000

2006 - First hybrid silicon...
2005 - Awarded the Nobel Prize...
2004 - Photocurable nanoimprint...
2003 - The highest resolution...
2002 - Terahertz pioneering...
2001 - Awarded the Nobel Prize...
2000 - Awarded the Nobel Prize...

1990

1998 - The first laser is...
1997 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1996 - Laser-Induced...
1995 - Creation of the world's first...
1994 - The Quantum Cascade...
1993 - COSTAR....
1992 - Develop a...
1991 - First develops the...
1990 - The Hubble space telescope...

1980

1988 - Observed the effect of...
1987 - Introduces fiber amplifiers...
1986 - First disposable...
1985 - Described x-ray laser...
1984 - Lays first...
1982 - Published the first...
1981 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1980 - The first confirmation of....

1970

1978 - Discover...
1977 - Sends first live...
1976 - Makes the first...
1975 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1974 - Develop a new...
1973 - Developed a...
1972 - Pioneered the...
1971 - Demonstrates digital video...
1970 - Designed and produced the first...

1960

1969 - Invented the...
1968 - NASA launches...
1967 - Invented the...
1966 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1965 - Invented the...
1964 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1963 - Reported the first...
1962 - Produces the first...
1961 - Reported the first operation...
1960 - Inventor of the first

1950

1959 - Introduces the term laser...
1958 - Demonstrates the first...
1957 - The first test of...
1956 - Makes the first...
1955 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1954 - Patented the first...
1953 - Publishes first report of...
1952 - Applies for a...
1951 - Brian O'Brien suggests to...
1950 - Proposed the...

1940

1949 - The first patent for a...
1948 - Publishes the seminal...
1947 - Began his research into the...
1947 - Discovery of the
1946 - Work on proton...
1941 - Measured the speed of...

1930

1939 - Described the...
1938 - Invents the...
1937 - Applies for U.S. patent
1936 - Kodachrome...
1935 - Originator of
1934 - Discovery of Light...
1933 - Invented the
1932 - Invented...
1931 - Devises method to...
1930 - Transmission of an...

1920

1929 - Edwin Land creates the first...
1928 - Observed weak inelastic scattering...
1927 - Applying quantum theory...
1926 - Performed experiments to...
1925 - "Leica" 35mm format...
1923 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in...
1921 - Western Union sends the first...