Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota
July 25, 2012

In Memoriam: Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, 1946-2012 Carlos Gomez-Reino Carnota, Professor of Optics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain, passed away on 25 July, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 65. Gomez-Reino received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain, in 1968, 1970 and 1975, respectively. F...


Richard G. Brewer
July 22, 2012

In Memoriam:  Richard G. Brewer, 1928-2012 Richard G. Brewer, an OSA Fellow known for his contributions to atomic physics, laser spectroscopy and quantum optics, passed away on 22 July, 2012, following a long illness. He was 83. Brewer earned a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1951 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in ...


Elias Snitzer
May 21, 2012

OSA Mourns the Loss of Elias Snitzer, Fiber Optics Pioneer, 1925-2012 Elias Snitzer, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his pioneering contributions to fiber optics technology, died 21 May 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was 87. Snitzer was a Professor Emeritus of Ceramic and Materials Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. Known as the &...


Douglas S. Goodman
May 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Douglas S. Goodman Douglas S. Goodman, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to optics education, died on 14 May 2012 in Memphis, TN, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 65. Goodman received a Ph.D. in Optics in 1979 from the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, where his advisor was Roland Shack. He then joi...


Andrei Brunfeld
May 09, 2012

In Memoriam: Andrei Brunfeld Andrei Brunfeld, 62, Senior Scientist and Manager of the Optical Division of Xyratex Ltd., passed away on 9 May 2012, following an illness. He was a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur, an extraordinarily creative and active person, and a very warm outgoing human being. Dr. Brunfeld started out as a scientist at the Central Institute of Physics i...


Guoguang Mu
April 12, 2012

OSA Mourns the loss of Guoguang Mu, 1931-2012 Guoguang Mu, an OSA Fellow who was one of the early pioneers of optics, applied optics, and optical instrumentation in China, died on 12 April 2012 in Tianjin, China. He was 81. Professor Mu was the founder and Director of Nankai University’s Institute of Modern Optics (IMO), the first higher education inst...


Terrill A. Cool
March 05, 2012

In Memoriam: Terrill A. Cool, 1936-2012 Terrill A. Cool, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who was a professor emeritus of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University, died 5 March 2012 in Ithaca, NY, USA, after a short illness. He was 75. Cool's research interests included the application of laser spectroscopy to problems in chemical physics, which ranged from st...


Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev
February 26, 2012

In Memoriam: Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev, 1947-2012 Tasoltan Tazretovich Basiev, an OSA Fellow known for his work in solid state lasers, passed away on 26 February 2012 in Moscow, Russia. He was 64. Basiev was director of A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute’s Laser Materials and Photonics Department and scientific deputy director of the Institute’s Laser Materials and...


William R. Hunter
February 04, 2012

In Memoriam: William R. Hunter, 1924 - 2012 William R. Hunter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus and an internationally renowned physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory from 1952 to 1980, died on 4 February 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia, at the age of 87. Hunter’s experimental research in optics was essential for the development of innovative rocket and satel...


H. John Caulfield
January 31, 2012

In Memoriam: H. John Caulfield, 1936-2012 H. John Caulfield, retired Chief Scientist at Alabama A&M University Research Institute and an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died on 31 January 2012. He was 75. Caulfield was noted for his pioneering contributions to the fields of holography and information optics. He popularized the field as curator of exhibits and throu...