Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Chandra S. Vikram
August 17, 2007

In Memoriam: Chandra S. Vikram Chandra 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 j...


Gallieno Denardo
July 23, 2007

OSA mourns the passing of Gallieno Denardo With 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. Denar...


Max Richard Nagel
May 23, 2007

Obituary/Memorium of Former Optical Society of America Member Dr. Max Richard Nagel, PhD Born 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 measur...


Theodore Harold Maiman
May 05, 2007

Theodore Harold Maiman 1927-2007 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 ...


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 fr...


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 ...


Roger A. Lessard
February 26, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Roger A. Lessard Roger A. Lessard passed away on February 26, 2007 in Quebec City, Canada. He obtained a bachelor's degree in science from the Université of Moncton, NB and in physics from Université Laval. In 1973, he graduated with a DSc in physics and optics from Université Laval where he spent most of his career as a researcher and professor. Dr. Lessard, a...


John Walter Strohbehn
February 22, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of John Walter Strohbehn OSA Fellow John Walter Strohbehn, 70, died in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Feb. 22, 2007. Strohbehn received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  In 1963, he began his teaching career at Dartmouth College as an assistant professor at the Thayer School of Engineering.  He was the associate dean of...


Silverio Pedro Almeida
January 20, 2007

OSA Mourns the Loss of Silverio Pedro Almeida OSA Emeritus Member, Silverio Pedro Almeida, 73, died on January 20, 2007. After receiving his B.A. in Physics from Clark University, Almeida attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a M.S. in Physics, then Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, where he received a Ph.D in Physics.  He conducted his post graduate...