Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Emmett Leith

December 23, 2005

In Memoriam: Emmett LeithEmmett Leith, the Schlumberger Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan died on December 23, 2005 at the age of 78 after suffering a stroke the previous day. Professor Leith made seminal contributions that established the place of coherent optics in radar systems and is credited, along with his colleague Juris Upatnieks, ...

Jim Baker

June 29, 2005

OSA News Optics Community Mourns the Loss of Jim Baker Dr. James Gilbert Baker (1914-2005) Dr. James Gilbert Baker, renowned astronomer and optical physicist, died June 29, 2005 at his home in Bedford, New Hampshire at the age of 90. Although his scientific interest was astronomy, his extraordinary ability in optical design led to the creation of hundreds of optical systems that suppor...

Stephen Benton

November 09, 2003

OSA NEWS In Memoriam: Stephen Benton Stephen Benton, OSA Fellow and active member, died Sunday, November 9, 2003, following a long battle with cancer. He was 61. As a prominent figure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Benton held the title of E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and served as the head and founder of the Spatial Imaging Gro...

Rudolf Kingslake

February 25, 2003

In Memoriam, OSA Fellow, Rudolf KingslakeOSA Honorary Member Rudolf Kingslake died on February 25. His wife of more than 70 years, OSA Fellow (Emeritus) Hilda Conrady Kingslake, died on February 14. Rudolf Kingslake was born on Aug. 28, 1903, in London, England. He attended Imperial College in London for its lens design program, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1924, a master's de...

Hilda Conrady Kingslake

February 14, 2003

OSA News In Memoriam, OSA Fellow, Hilda KingslakeOSA Fellow (Emeritus) Hilda Conrady Kingslake passed away on February 14, two days shy of her 101st birthday. A long-time member of OSA, Kingslake had published extensively and was the author of the "History of the Optical Society of America, 1916-1966" and "The First 50 Years- the Institute of Optics 1929-1979." She was ...

W. Lewis (Lem) Hyde

January 09, 2003

OSA News W. Lewis Hyde (1919-2003) Former OSA president W. Lewis ("Lem") Hyde, a noted physicist and the provost of the University Heights campus of New York University (NYU) during the Vietnam War, died January 9, 2003, in Cambridge, Mass. He was 83 years old. The apparent cause of death was a heart attack. Hyde graduated from Harvard College in 1941 and served as a research p...

Carl M. Verber

October 07, 2002

OSA News Carl Verber, Noted Professor and OSA Fellow, DiesOctober 7, 2002 -- Carl M. Verber, an OSA Fellow, died on October 7, 2002, of heart failure, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 67. Verber received his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his master's degree from the University of Rochester and his doctorate from the University of Colorado. All three degrees were in physics. ...