Robert W. Hellwarth, 2014 Honorary Member
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Robert W. Hellwarth
For his pioneering introduction of Q‐switches to lasers and profoundly influential contributions to the science of nonlinear optics, including stimulated light scattering, origins of nonlinear refractive index, photorefractivity and phase conjugation.
Stephen E. Harris
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Jarus W. Quinn
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.
James P. Gordon
For his numerous high-impact, seminal contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the first demonstration of the maser.
for his pioneering work on optical trapping and the development of optical tweezers
Roy J. Glauber
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