Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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...

Chandra S. Vikram

August 17, 2007

In Memoriam: Chandra S. VikramChandra S.Vikram, an OSA Fellow known widely for his distinguished contributions to optical metrology, died suddenly on August 17, 2007, in Huntsville, AL. He was 56 years old. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics in 1973 from the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT), Delhi, Prof. Vikram took a brief post-doctoral assignment at the institution, leaving to join Pe...

Gallieno Denardo

July 23, 2007

OSA mourns the passing of Gallieno DenardoWith great sadness, we share the news of the sudden passing of Gallieno Denardo. We've lost a friend of the OSA and the optics community. Denardo was the coordinator of the optics and laser programs at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Trieste, Italy. Denardo had...

Max Richard Nagel

May 23, 2007

Obituary/Memorium of Former Optical Society of America Member Dr. Max Richard Nagel, PhDBorn December 15, 1909, Bautzen, Germany Former Optical Society of America member and noted physicist Dr. Max R. Nagel died peacefully, pen and writing pad in hand, on May 23, 2007 at the venerable age of 97. Dr. Nagel was considered one of the world’s leading scientists in advancing the measureme...

Theodore Harold Maiman

May 05, 2007

Theodore Harold Maiman1927-2007 Theodore Maiman, who demonstrated the world’s first laser in May 1960, passed away on May 5, 2007, at the age of 79. Other groups had already started trying to build lasers when Maiman decided to tackle the problem in mid-1959. He owed his quick success to a particularly elegant design and a keen understanding of the properties of the material he used, ...

Stanley Bashkin

May 01, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of Stanley Bashkin Stanley Bashkin passed away at his home in Tucson, AZ on May 1, 2007. He received a BA from Brooklyn College in 1944 and a PhD in Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Following academic and research positions at Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa, California Institute of Technology and Australian National University, he jo...

Arthur H. Guenther

April 21, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Arthur H. Guenther Arthur H. Guenther, passionate advocate for the optics & phonics community, died on April 21, 2007 at his home in New Mexico. An OSA Fellow and long-time member, Guenther worked tirelessly on behalf of education, international outreach and pubic policy. “Art's death is indeed a sad marker of time passing. We'll miss the big frien...

Casper J. Aronson

April 12, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of Casper J. Aronson Casper J. "Cappy" Aronson, 90, a weapons engineer with the old Naval Ordnance Laboratory, died on April 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA. An OSA Emeritus Member, Aronson received a bachelor's degree in physics in 1938 and a master's degree in optics in 1940 from the University of Rochester. He moved to Washington, DC to work with the Car...