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OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Ionel-Valentin Vlad

December 24, 2017

  Valentin Vlad, OSA Fellow and President of the Romanian Academy, passed away on 24 December 2017 at the age of 74. Vlad was known for his research in the areas of nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, optical information processing, and holography and imaging.  He was a pioneer within the Romanian scientific community and his accomplishments include creation and study of real-time holog...

Stig Torsten Stenholm, 1939-2017

September 30, 2017

Stig Stenholm, OSA Fellow and Professor Emeritus at the Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH) Royal Institute of Technology, passed away on 30 September 2017 at the age of 78.  Prof. Dr. Stenholm was a leading figure in quantum optics, with a focus on laser cooling, Bose-Einstein condensation, and quantum information. Stenholm was made an OSA Fellow in 1996 for innovations in theoretical spect...

Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1920-2017

September 05, 2017

Nicolaas “Nico” Bloembergen, Nobel Laureate and OSA Honorary Member, passed away on 5 September 2017 at the age of 97. Bloembergen was known for his pioneering work in developing driving principles behind nonlinear optics for laser spectroscopy. Bloembergen shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Arthur Schawlow and Kai Siegbahn. The Nobel Foundation awarded Bloember...

Liren Liu, 1942-2017

June 20, 2017

Prof. Dr. Liren Liu, OSA Fellow and distinguished Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, passed away on 20 June 2017. Prof. Dr. Liu was a renowned scientist in the areas of optics and optical engineering and a significant contributor to the community. Prof. Liu was made an OSA Fellow in 1998 for his contributions in optical signal processing, computing, and the promot...

John O'Brien, 1969-2017

March 31, 2017

John O’Brien, OSA Fellow and Executive Vice Dean of Engineering at USC Viterbi, passed away on 31 March 2017 at the age of 48.  O’Brien was an active OSA volunteer having served on a number of programmatic committees and was made an OSA Fellow is 2008 for this contributions to the science and technology of photonic crystal devices.   O’Brien received his BS degree ...

Glenn T. Sincerbox

March 24, 2017

Glenn T. Sincerbox, OSA Fellow and active OSA volunteer, passed away on 24 March 2017. Sincerbox was an Emeritus member of OSA and served on numerous committees for the Society, including the Frontiers in Optics Program Committee (1994-1998) and the Optical Data Storage Advisory Committee, of which he served as Chair in 1993-1994.   Sincerbox graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institu...

Adolf F. Fercher, 1939-2017

March 10, 2017

Adolf Friedrich Fercher, former OSA Emeritus Member and recipient of the 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, passed away on 10 March 2017 at the age of 77.  Fercher, a noted pioneer in the field of ophthalmic laser interferometry, served as the Head of the Institute of Medical Physics at the University of Vienna (and subsequently the Medical University of Vienna) from 1986 to 2007.&nb...

Dror Sarid, 1938-2017

February 25, 2017

Dror Sarid, OSA Fellow and Emeritus member, passed away on 25 February 2017 at the age of 78. Prof. Sarid received OSA Fellow status in 2001 for his internationally renowned work in light scattering, surface acoustic waves, optical waveguides, optical interactions, atomic force microscopy, and the education of students. Sarid had been a member of OSA for more than 35 years, and served on severa...

Mildred Dresselhaus, 1930-2017

February 21, 2017

Mildred Dresselhaus, first woman to win the US National Medal of Science in Engineering, recipient of US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and pioneer in the electronic properties of materials, passed away at the age of 86.  Dresselhaus was well known for her work on nanomaterials and other nanostructural systems based on layered materials. She was known as the “Queen of carbon science&...

Arthur L. Smirl, 1944-2016

December 10, 2016

Arthur “Art” L. Smirl, OSA Fellow and former member of the OSA Board of Directors, passed away at his home on 10 December 2016. Smirl was Professor, Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa, IA, USA. Smirl had been an OSA member for more than 45 years and was an active committee volunteer. His OSA service included terms on the OSA...