Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Hiroshi Takuma
December 27, 2010

In Memoriam: Prof. Hiroshi Takuma, 1930-2010 Hiroshi Takuma, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who was an Emeritus Professor at Denki Tsushin Daigaku (The University of Electro-Communications) in Tokyo, Japan, died on 27 December 2010. He was 80. Professor Takuma received his Doctor of Science degree from the University of Tokyo. During his long and distinguished career, he was a professor of Physi...


Britton Chance
November 16, 2010

In memoriam:  Britton Chance, 1913-2010 Britton Chance, an OSA Fellow Emeritus whose work in biomedical optics helped develop spectroscopy as a noninvasive way to diagnose medical problems, died on 16 November 2010 in Philadelphia, PA.  He was 97. Chance was the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Emeritus Professor of Biophysics, Physical Chemistry and Radiologic Physics at the University...


Frederic E. Volz
November 02, 2010

In Memoriam: Frederic E. Volz, 1922-2010 Frederic E. Volz, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the field of atmospheric optics, died on 2 November 2010 at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was 88. Born in Germany, Volz came to the United States in 1958 for a post-doctoral research position at the Planetary and Applied Physics Department, Harvard University, and i...


Hendrik de Lang
October 07, 2010

In Memoriam: Hendrik de Lang, 1920-2010 Hendrik de Lang, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and a member of the Society since 1962, died on 7 October 2010, three days after suffering a mild heart attack, in a hospital in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He was 90 years old. Hendrik de Lang was born in 1920 in Groningen, The Netherlands, and studied physics at Groningen University. Before he received his ...


Richard D. Rallison
September 16, 2010

In Memoriam: Richard D. Rallison, 1945-2010 Richard Dennis Rallison, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to display holography, died on 16 September 2010 in a paragliding accident near his home in Cache Valley, Utah. He was 64. Rallison earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. An avid inventor and pioneer in the field of optics,...


Carl R. Ingling
September 11, 2010

In Memoriam:  Carl R. Ingling, 1936-2010 Carl R. Ingling, an OSA Fellow who was an internationally recognized color vision researcher, passed away on Saturday, 11 September 2010, after a prolonged illness.  He was 74. Ingling received his B.S. (Physics) from Duke University in 1958, worked at Eastman Kodak Co. for three years (1958-1961), and then entered graduate school at the...


Norman Jack Brown, Jr.
September 03, 2010

OSA Mourns the Loss of Norman Jack Brown, Jr. Norman J. Brown, Jr., an OSA Fellow who was a career scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California, USA, died of a stroke on 3 September 2010. He was 79. After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, Brown received a BA from the St. Joseph’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA, and a BS and ME from the Univ...


Raymond N. Smartt
August 07, 2010

In Memoriam:  Raymond N. Smartt, 1930-2010 Raymond N. (Ray) Smartt, an OSA Fellow and former scientist at the U.S. National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, passed away on 7 August 2010, in Newcastle, Australia, a few days after his 80th birthday.  Smartt was an optical physicist who made important contributions to coronal physics.   Smartt began his...


Franco Cerrina
July 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Franco Cerrina, 1948-2010 Franco Cerrina, an OSA Fellow who was chair of the Boston University (BU) College of Engineering's electrical and computer engineering department, was found dead in his laboratory on July 12, 2010. The death was ruled "noncriminal" by the Boston Police department. Cerrina was 62. Cerrina earned his PhD in solid-state physics in 1974...


John B. Abbiss
June 23, 2010

In Memoriam: John B. Abbiss, 1931-2010 Dr. John B. Abbiss, aged 78, died suddenly from heart failure on Wednesday 23rd of June 2010 at his home in Irvine, California. After receiving Bachelor degrees in Physics and Mathematics in 1952 and 1953, respectively, from the University of Wales at Cardiff, Dr. Abbiss joined the Guided Weapons Division of the former Bristol Aircraft Company (n...