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OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Valerian Ill’ich Tatarskii, 1929-2020

April 19, 2020

Valerian I. Tatarskii, OSA Fellow and 1994 recipient of the Max Born Prize, passed away on 19 April 2020 at the age of 90. Tatarskii was known for his pioneering research in the field of wave propagation in random media, which involves the propagation and scattering of electromagnetic and acoustic waves in a turbulent atmosphere and fluctuating ocean. Over the course of his career, Tatarskii&rs...

Richard C. Honey, 1924-2020

March 01, 2020

Richard “Dick” Churchill Honey, OSA Fellow and OSA Emeritus Member, passed away at the age of 95. Honey made numerous fundamental technical contributions in the areas of antennas, lasers, lidar, and ocean optics, and he served as the Director of Research and Development at SRI International.Honey was born in Portland, OR, USA, and studied physics at the California Institute of Techn...

Gisela Eckhardt, 1926-2020

January 30, 2020

Gisela Eckhardt, a pioneer in the field of stimulated Raman scattering and inventor of the Raman laser, passed away on 30 January 2020 at the age of 93. Eckhardt was known in the optics community for her research in nonlinear optics and lasers with contributions in Raman spectroscopy and stimulated Raman scattering. Her research extended into the physics of vacuum discharges. In 2016, OSA recog...

Alexander E. Kaplan, 1938-2019

December 31, 2019

Alexander E. Kaplan, OSA Fellow and 2005 recipient of the Max Born Award, passed away on 31 December 2019 at the age of 81. Kaplan was known for his research in the areas of nonlinear optics and quantum electronics, with notable contributions to nonlinear interface and optical bistability effects, hysteretic resonances of a single electron, and physics of sub-femtosecond pulses. His other resea...

C. Harvey Palmer, 1919-2019

August 16, 2019

C. Harvey Palmer, Jr., OSA Fellow and distinguished physicist, passed away on 16 August 2019 at the age of 99.  Palmer was a professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in optics. He was made an OSA Fellow in 1967 and became an OSA member in 1950.  Palmer was born on 8 December 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, to Charles Harvey and Grace Ha...

Jürgen Kuhl, 1940-2019

July 20, 2019

Jürgen Kuhl, OSA Fellow and noted physicist, has passed away at the age of 79. Kuhl was active in OSA having served as an Editor of JOSA B from 2001-2005 and as a member of the Fundamental Science Program Committee for CLEO from 1999-2000. He was on faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Kuhl was made an OSA Fellow in 2003 for significant and sustain...

Patricia Bath, 1942-2019

May 30, 2019

Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology and inventor of the laserphaco probe, has passed away at the age of 76. Bath was the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent, first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, and first African-American female surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.  Bath is known for her use of lasers for ...

Yaron Silberberg

April 21, 2019

Yaron Silberberg, OSA Fellow and recipient of the Max Born Award, passed away on 21 April 2019. Silberberg was a Professor in the Department of Physics of Complex Systems at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He led a research group focused on combining nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics and quantum optics to study basic interactions of light and matter.Silberberg studied phy...

Zhores I. Alferov, 1930-2019

March 01, 2019

Zhores I. Alferov, Nobel Laureate and OSA Fellow, has passed away at the age of 88.  Alferov shared one-half of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics with Herbert Kroemer "for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed- and opto-electronics." The other half of the prize was presented to Jack S. Kilby.  Alferov’s prize winning work centered on the developmen...

Stephen F. Jacobs, 1928-2019

February 24, 2019

Stephen F. Jacobs, OSA Fellow and OSA Emeritus member, passed away on 24 February 2019 at the age of 90. Jacobs was a Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences at the College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona. Jacobs joined OSA in 1956 and he was elected an OSA Fellow in 1976.  He made significant contributions to the Society through his volunteer service on programmatic committe...