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OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

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...

Ivan Paul Kaminow

December 18, 2013

OSA Mourns the Loss of Ivan P. Kaminow, OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to lightwave technologyIvan Paul Kaminow, an OSA Fellow Emeritus whose contributions to lightwave technology revolutionized telecommunications, died on 18 December 2013. He was 83. Kaminow was born in New Jersey and attended Passaic High School.  He received degrees from Union College (BSEE, 1952)...

Adolf W. Lohmann

December 15, 2013

In Memoriam:  Adolf W. Lohmann, 1926-2013Adolf W. Lohmann, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions to the fields of optical information processing and holography, died on 15 December 2013.  He was 87. Lohmann was born in Germany in 1926 and attended the University of Hamburg, where he received a B.Sc. (1949), M.Sc. (1951), and a Ph.D. in physics (1953). While at the Univer...

Charles M. Vest

December 12, 2013

In Memoriam: Charles M. Vest, 1941-2013 Charles Marstiller Vest, an OSA Fellow who served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), died on 12 December 2013 at his home in Arlington, VA. He was 72. Vest earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and master’s and Ph.D. de...

Marshall Lloyd Ginter

December 09, 2013

In Memoriam:  Marshall Lloyd Ginter, 1935-2013Marshall Lloyd Ginter, an OSA Fellow Emeritus known for his contributions in the areas of electronic structure of atoms and high resolution spectroscopy, passed away at his home in Laurel, MD on 9 December 2013. He was 78. From 1966-2008, Ginter was a professor of Molecular Physics in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the Un...