Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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...


Henry Eltinge Breed Jr.
December 08, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Henry Eltinge Breed Jr. Henry Eltinge Breed Jr., an OSA Fellow Emeritus, physics professor and expert in photography, electro-optics and acoustics, died on December 8, 2007. He was 92 years old. Breed was born in Manhattan on December 5, 1915, the son of the actress and activist Ethel Burns and the civil engineer H. Eltinge Breed. He attended Storm King School in C...


James J. Snyder
November 29, 2007

OSA REMEMBERS JAMES J. SNYDER Recently many of us in the optical physics community bade farewell to a much respected and cherished colleague, Jim Snyder, who passed away on November 29, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Jim’s career in physics spanned many decades, including time spent in government laboratories, private industry and academia. In all of these are...


Paul Forman
November 17, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Paul Forman Paul Forman, co-founder of Zygo Corporation, a company that manufactures and distributes high-end optical systems and components for metrology and end-user applications, and a member of OSA for 52 years, died on November 17, 2007 in Stony Creek, CT. Forman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1956. He wor...


Donald R. Herriott
November 08, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Donald R. Herriott Donald R. Herriott, a pioneer in the field of laser technology and a past president of OSA, died November 8, 2007 after a long illness.  He was 79. Herriott attended Duke University, the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester and the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.  From 1949 to 1956, while attending the University of Roc...


Stanley Flatt
November 04, 2007

OSA Remembers OSA Fellow Stanley Flatté Stanley Flatté, an OSA Fellow since 1996, died on November 4, 2007 at his home in Santa Cruz, CA.  He was 66 years old.  Dr. Flatté, a professor emeritus and research professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was known for his work on wave propagation that led to important contributions in the fields of atmospheric...


André Maréchal
October 14, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Honorary Member André Maréchal André Maréchal, an Honorary Member and Fellow of OSA and the Director general of the French Institut d’Optique from 1968-1983, died on October 14, 2007, a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Maréchal was elected to Honorary Membership, OSA’s highest honor, in 1986 in recognition of his work in the areas of coherence, dif...