In Memoriam: Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, 1946-2012

Carlos Gomez-ReinoCarlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, Professor of Optics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain, passed away on 25 July, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 65.

Gomez-Reino received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain, in 1968, 1970 and 1975, respectively. From 1969 to 1979, he was an Assistant Professor of Optics at the UCM, working under Professor Armando DurĂ¡n Miranda, a pioneer in optics and vision research in Spain. During the 1970s, Gomez-Reino worked with a group of young researchers, scholars and teachers, among whom was his wife, USC Professor Maria Victoria Perez Martin, to improve and upgrade the optics lab, opening new lines of research in holography and interferometry.

In 1979, Gomez-Reino and his wife moved to the USC, where they launched the first optics laboratory for students and began to develop an optics research laboratory. Their efforts resulted in a first-class research laboratory.  In 1989, he was appointed director of the USC Professional School of Ophthalmic Optics and Acoustics Audiometric, charged with carrying out the school’s transformation. From 1994 to 1998 he served as USC Vice-Chancellor. During this time, he collaborated with several agencies to assess the teaching staff and Spanish degrees.

Gomez-Reino’s main areas of research were integrated and GRIN optics, zone plates, physiological optics, space-time duality, pulse propagation in dispersive media, and laser ablation. He was the principal investigator on research projects both nationally and internationally.  He was the co-author of Gradient-Index Optics: Fundamentals and Applications, published by Springer-Verlag in 2002, and the author of more than 170 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

Gomez-Reino was named an OSA Fellow in 1998. He was a member of several national and international scientific associations, including OSA, the Spanish Optics Society (SEDO), SPIE and AAAS.  He was also a member of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF), serving on its Editorial Council.  He was instrumental in promoting the establishment of a series of Spanish National Meetings on Optics (RNO), and he organized the second meeting of the series in 1990.  He served as the representative of the Spanish ICO Territorial Committee from 2001-2004 and worked to create a new Iberian American Meeting.

Gomez-Reino enjoyed reading, listening to music, swimming and sailing.  He was predeceased by his wife, who died in 2010.

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