Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Britton Chance

November 16, 2010

In memoriam:  Britton Chance, 1913-2010Britton 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 of Pe...

Frederic E. Volz

November 02, 2010

In Memoriam: Frederic E. Volz, 1922-2010Frederic 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 its ...

Hendrik de Lang

October 07, 2010

In Memoriam: Hendrik de Lang, 1920-2010Hendrik 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 phy...

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, he...

Carl R. Ingling

September 11, 2010

In Memoriam:  Carl R. Ingling, 1936-2010Carl 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 Unive...

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 Univers...

Raymond N. Smartt

August 07, 2010

In Memoriam:  Raymond N. Smartt, 1930-2010Raymond 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 pr...

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 fr...

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 (now ...

Gerald Meltz

June 09, 2010

In Memoriam:  Gerald Meltz, 1934-2010Gerald (Gerry) Meltz, internationally known for his contributions to the field of fiber optic sensing and for his discovery and development of UV written fiber Bragg gratings, passed away June 9, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. In recognition of his contributions, Meltz received the prestigious Optoelectronics Rank Prize in 2002 fo...