Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

James M. Palmer

January 04, 2007

OSA Mourns the loss of James M. PalmerJames M. Palmer died on January 4, 2007, in Tucson, AZ, at the age of 69. An OSA member since 1962, Palmer was research professor emeritus of optical sciences at The University of Arizona, where he earned his MS and PhD degrees in optics at the College of Optical Sciences.  He joined the university’s faculty in 1975.   Earlier in his ca...

Charles K. Carniglia

December 22, 2006

Charles K. Carniglia 1944-2006Charles Keith (‘‘Chuck”) Carniglia, gifted teacher, scientist and technologist, passed away surrounded by his family after an extended illness in Santa Rosa, Calif. His achievements ranged from awards for excellence in teaching to theoretical studies of the Goos-Haenchen effect to key contributions in practical coatings for many U.S. projects suc...

Hans Coufal

September 19, 2006

OSA Mourns the Loss of Hans CoufalHans Coufal, a well known member of the scientific community, died on September 19, 2006 at the age of 61 in Palo Alto, Ca.Coufal worked most recently as Manager, Science and Technology, at IBM Almaden Research Center, where he oversaw prominent research areas, including quantum information, nanotechnology, supercomputer simulations and holographic data storage...

Robert M. Boynton

September 04, 2006

In Memoriam: Robert M. Boynton Robert M. Boynton, a renowned member of the vision community and a Fellow Emeritus of OSA, died Monday, September 4, 2006 at his Del Mar, California home. He was 81.Dr. Boynton was well known for his research on the neurophysiological processes in the eye and brain that underlie vision. His book, "Human Color Vision" is a standard text studied by others ...

Herbert Walther

July 22, 2006

Contact: Lyndsay Meyer The Optical Society 202.416.1435lmeyer@osa.org OSA Mourns the Loss of Prof. Herbert WaltherCLEO Europe Meeting: David Lee (EPS),Tom Rehbein (MMG),Kari Apter(OSA),Christopher Ulrich(MMG), Claudia Sixl (MMG), Eberhard Riedle(CLEO), Klaus Dittrich(MMG),Guenter Huber(EPS),Herbert Walther(MMG), Paul Shumate(LEOS)Prof. Herbert Walther died on Saturday, the 22nd of July ...

Lorenzo M. Narducci

July 21, 2006

OSA Mourns the Loss of Lorenzo M. Narducci Lorenzo M. Narducci, 64, of Havertown, PA, an OSA Fellow and a physics professor at Drexel University for 30 years, died Friday, July 21, 2006 in his home.An expert in quantum optics, he published more than 200 technical papers and six books in the areas of quantum optics, laser physics, and nonlinear dynamical systems.Recognized with many professional...

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, of ...

Jim Baker

June 29, 2005

OSA NewsOptics Community Mourns the Loss of Jim BakerDr. 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 supported astronom...

Stephen Benton

November 09, 2003

OSA NEWSIn Memoriam: Stephen BentonStephen 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 Group in the Me...

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 degree ...