Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

John N. Howard, 1921 - 2015
April 15, 2015

John N. Howard, the founding editor of the journal Applied Optics, and for many years the Chief Scientist of the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, died on 15 April 2015, at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. He was 94. The cause of death was heart failure, according to his family. John Howard was born in Philadelphia in 1921, but grew up in Florida.  After obtaining a degree in physic...


Charles H. Townes, 1915-2015
January 27, 2015

Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes, an OSA Fellow and recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal (1996), died on 27 January 2015. He was 99. Charles was a luminary in the field of optics and photonics and was highly regarded by colleagues and the numerous students he mentored.     "This week the optical community lost one of its greatest pioneers – a curious spirit who lef...


Shaoul Ezekiel, 1935-2015
January 07, 2015

OSA Fellow Shaoul “Ziggy” Ezekiel passed away on 7 January 2015 at home with his wife at his bedside.  He died from soft tissue sarcoma cancer.  His research interests were primarily in the fields of lasers and optics and their applications in such areas as: atom-field interactions; ultra-high resolution spectroscopy; optical frequency / wavelength standards; and sensors...


Robert William Terhune, 1926-2014
November 20, 2014

Robert William Terhune, OSA Fellow and recipient of the Frederic Ives Medal (1992), died on 20 November 2014. He was 88. Robert was the founding editor of both the OSA Optics Letters journal (1977) and the Journal of the OSA B: Optical Physics (1984) and served on the OSA Board of Directors from 1980-1986.     During his career, Robert also served on the Board of Editors (1977-...


Peter E. Powers, 1965-2014
May 10, 2014

Peter E. Powers, a professor of Physics and Electro-Optics at the University of Dayton, USA, died Saturday, 10 May 2014, after a long battle with cancer.  He was 49. Powers had been a member of the University of Dayton faculty since 1997.  He built up a laboratory on campus with capabilities ranging from time resolved femtosecond processes to laser remote sensing.  His research ...


Anatoly P. Sukhorukov, 1938-2014
April 10, 2014

Nonlinear Optics PioneerAnatoly Sukhorukov, a pioneer and innovator in nonlinear optics, passed away on 10 April 2014 at the age of 78. He headed the department of photonics and microwave physics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. During his distinguished career, Sukhorukov made many contributions to modern wave physics, including the theory of nonlinear wave optics and parametric p...


Robert P. Madden, 1928-2014, OSA Past President
April 01, 2014

Robert P. Madden, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus who was a long-time staff member at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), died on 1 April 2014 after a prolonged illness.  He was 86. Bob Madden was born in 1928, spent his early years in Schenectady, NY, and attended Rochester University as an undergraduate. He und...


Shun Lien Chuang, 1954-2014
March 26, 2014

Shun Lien Chuang, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana, passed away 26 March 2014 after an extended battle with cancer.  He was 59.  Chuang received a B.S. in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1976, and M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, ...


Adam Kozma, 1928-2014
January 31, 2014

Adam Kozma, known for his contributions to optical information processing of radar data and holographic memories, died on 31 January 2014, two days short of his 86th birthday. Kozma, the son of Hungarian immigrants, grew up in the Detroit area.  He earned degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S.E., M.S.E.), Wayne State University (M.S.) and the University of London (Ph.D.).  He ...


Orestes Nicholas Stavroudis, 1923-2014
January 18, 2014

Professor Orestes N. Stavroudis, an OSA Fellow and professor emeritus at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, died on 18 January 2014 in Guanajuato, Mexico.  He was 90. Stavroudis was born in New York, NY. He studied at Columbia University, where he obtained bachelor's (1948) and master's (1949) degrees in mathematics. He earned a Ph.D. in optics from the Imperia...