Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Warren J. Smith
June 19, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Warren J. Smith Warren J. Smith, Chief Scientist Emeritus at Rockwell Collins Kaiser Electro-Optics and a Fellow and past president of OSA, died on June 19, 2008. An OSA member for 65 years, Smith was renowned for his contributions to optical system design and lens design and for his accomplishments as a writer and educator. Smith was a graduate of the Institute o...


Donald DeJager
June 08, 2008

In Memoriam: Donald DeJager, 1927-2008 Donald DeJager, a classical lens designer who worked under Rudolph Kingslake at the Eastman Kodak Company, died on June 8, 2008. He was 80. DeJager received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1950 and a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1952. He began his career at Genera...


Rod Esdaile
May 31, 2008

RODERICK 'ROD' ESDAILE, February 25, 1939 - May 31, 2008 Dr. Rod Esdaile, an OSA member for over 30 years, died May 31, 2008 in North Carlton, Australia after a long struggle with cancer that had shadowed, but not taken over his life until his last months. He was 69. Dr. Esdaile gained an international reputation for his expertise in titanium and fibre optics. He also played a le...


Willis Lamb Jr.
May 15, 2008

OSA Mourns the Loss of Nobel Laureate Willis Lamb Jr. Professor Emeritus Willis E. Lamb, Jr., a Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member, died May 15, 2008. He was 94 years old. Lamb received a Nobel Prize in 1955 for his experimental work on the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum and discovery of a phenomenon called the Lamb shift. His discovery revolutionized the quantum theory of m...


Yoginder Joshi
April 02, 2008

OSA Remembers Dr. Yoginder Joshi The optics community was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Yoginder Joshi, an OSA Fellow and Senior Research Professor of Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Joshi passed away on April 2, 2008. He was 70. Dr. Joshi was born in the Punjab in India. After completing a master’s degree at Punjab University ...


Louis Drummeter
March 20, 2008

OSA Remembers Louis Drummeter Louis F. Drummeter Jr., a retired research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and an OSA member for over fifty years, died March 20, 2008 of a heart attack at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He was 86. Dr. Drummeter joined the Naval Research Lab in 1948 and helped design early satellites, among his other projects. His specialtie...


Daniel S. Chemla
March 20, 2008

In Memoriam: Daniel Chemla, 1940-2008 Daniel S. Chemla, an OSA Fellow Emeritus renowned for his contributions to the materials sciences, nanoscience and synchrotron science, died on March 20, 2008 at his home in Kensington, California.  He was 67. Chemla had been director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Materials Science Division and of the lab’s Advanced ...


Pak Lim Chu
March 15, 2008

In Memorium: Professor Pak Lim Chu 12 November 1940 – 15 March 2008 Pak Chu at UNSW in 2000 The world of photonics has lost a great champion and a pioneer of fibre optics in Australia with the passing of Professor Pak Lim Chu, who died on March 15, 2008, after a year’s battle with cancer.  An OSA Fellow since 199...


Joseph LeFevre Horner
March 07, 2008

OSA REMEMBERS JOSEPH LEFEVRE HORNER Joseph LeFevre Horner, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his work in the area of optical pattern recognition, died on March 7, 2008 in Belmont, MA, following a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Dr. Horner, a graduate of Haverford College, received his Master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After six...


Ralph W. Nicholls
January 25, 2008

In Memoriam: Ralph W. Nicholls, 1926-2008 Ralph W. Nicholls, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of physics at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, died suddenly of cardiovascular disease on January 25, 2008. Nicholls was an OSA Fellow Emeritus and had been an OSA member for 60 years. He was 81. A pioneer in the Canadian space science community, Prof. Nicholls was the founding Cha...