Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Richard G. Brewer

July 22, 2012

In Memoriam:  Richard G. Brewer, 1928-2012Richard 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 195...

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 “Father of the Glas...

Douglas S. Goodman

May 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Douglas S. GoodmanDouglas 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 joined IBM Research in Yorkt...

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 in Roma...

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 institution in China that ca...

Terrill A. Cool

March 05, 2012

In Memoriam: Terrill A. Cool, 1936-2012Terrill 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 studies of hyperfine q...

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 Te...

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 satellite instrumentation tha...

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 through his numerous articles...

Anthony E. Siegman

October 07, 2011

In Memoriam: Anthony E. Siegman, 1931-2011Anthony E. Siegman, a laser pioneer and OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as OSA President in 1999, died on 7 October 2011 at his home in Stanford, CA, USA. He was 79. Tony Siegman was born 23 November 1931 and raised in rural Michigan. He received the AB degree summa cum laude after three years as a National Merit Scholar at Harvard, w...