Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

C. Harvey Palmer, 1919-2019

August 16, 2019

C. Harvey Palmer, Jr., OSA Fellow and distinguished physicist, passed away on 16 August 2019 at the age of 99.  Palmer was a professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in optics. He was made an OSA Fellow in 1967 and became an OSA member in 1950.  Palmer was born on 8 December 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, to Charles Harvey and Grace Ha...

Jürgen Kuhl, 1940-2019

July 20, 2019

Jürgen Kuhl, OSA Fellow and noted physicist, has passed away at the age of 79. Kuhl was active in OSA having served as an Editor of JOSA B from 2001-2005 and as a member of the Fundamental Science Program Committee for CLEO from 1999-2000. He was on faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Kuhl was made an OSA Fellow in 2003 for significant and sustain...

Patricia Bath, 1942-2019

May 30, 2019

Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology and inventor of the laserphaco probe, has passed away at the age of 76. Bath was the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent, first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, and first African-American female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.  Bath is known for her use of lasers for ...

Yaron Silberberg

April 21, 2019

Yaron Silberberg, OSA Fellow and recipient of the Max Born Award, passed away on 21 April 2019. Silberberg was a Professor in the Department of Physics of Complex Systems at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He led a research group focused on combining nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics and quantum optics to study basic interactions of light and matter.Silberberg studied phy...

Zhores I. Alferov, 1930-2019

March 01, 2019

Zhores I. Alferov, Nobel Laureate and OSA Fellow, has passed away at the age of 88.  Alferov shared one-half of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics with Herbert Kroemer "for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics." The other half of the prize was presented to Jack S. Kilby.  Alferov’s prize winning work centered on the developmen...

Stephen F. Jacobs, 1928-2019

February 24, 2019

Stephen F. Jacobs, OSA Fellow and OSA Emeritus member, passed away on 24 February 2019 at the age of 90. Jacobs was a Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences at the College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona. Jacobs joined OSA in 1956 and he was elected an OSA Fellow in 1976.  He made significant contributions to the Society through his volunteer service on programmatic committe...

Evgeny M. Dianov, 1937-2019

January 30, 2019

Evgeny M. Dianov, OSA Fellow and 2017 recipient of the John Tyndall Award, passed away on 30 January 2019. Dianov was known as a pioneer in nonlinear fiber optics and optical fiber amplifiers. Dianov was a Professor with the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russian Federation, and an active member of the optics community. He was elected an OSA Fellow in 1991.Dianov graduated from Moscow State...

Jon Torger Hougen, 1936-2019

January 28, 2019

Jon Hougen, OSA Fellow and recipient of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award, passed away on 28 January 2019 at the age of 82. Hougen’s research interests were in quantum mechanical and group theoretical calculations of quantities of molecular spectroscopic interest for various cases of interaction between rotational, vibrational, and electronic motion, with particular emphasis on rotational ene...

Joseph W. Haus, 1948-2019

January 11, 2019

Joseph Haus, OSA Fellow and active member volunteer, has passed away at the age of 70. Haus was known for his work in quantum and nonlinear optics phenomena in heterogeneous systems, especially propagation in photonic crystals and optical metamaterials. He was elected an OSA Fellow in 1998 for furthering the understanding of quantum noise and propagation in superfluorescence and stimulated Rama...

Roy J. Glauber, 1925-2018

December 26, 2018

Roy J. Glauber, Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member, has passed away at the age of 93.  Glauber was awarded one-half of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence.”  The other half of the prize was presented to John L. Hall and Theodore W. Hänsch.  Glauber’s prize winning work centered on his development o...