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Carl Verber, Noted Professor and OSA Fellow, Dies

October 7, 2002 -- Carl M. Verber, an OSA Fellow, died on October 7, 2002, of heart failure, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 67. Verber received his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his master's degree from the University of Rochester and his doctorate from the University of Colorado. All three degrees were in physics.

Verber worked for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, for 25 years. During his time there, he formed the Battelle Optical Sciences Group; accomplished groundbreaking work in accelerating fiber optic communications; and provided technical guidance in optics for the electrical department. Verber has been granted more than 18 patents in optical science and technology and written more than 100 technical papers.

Verber retired from Battelle in 1986. He then joined the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. His research was concentrated in the areas of integrated optics and fiber optic devices for computing, signal processing and communications. Verber's optical demultiplexer idea led to the creation of the Ultrafast Optical Communications Laboratory. He was instrumental in helping to form the Fiber Optics Instructional Laboratory.

Verber loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, skiing and canoeing and nurtured a special interest in birds. Verber is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son and a daughter; a sister; and three grandchildren.