Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Anthony E. Siegman
October 07, 2011

In Memoriam: Anthony E. Siegman, 1931-2011 Anthony 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...


Aden B. Meinel
October 02, 2011

In Memoriam: Aden B. Meinel, 1922-2011 Aden B. Meinel, a noted astronomer and OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as OSA President in 1972, died on 2 October 2011. He was 88. Meinel was the founding director of both the Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. Aden Meinel was born on 25 November 1922. After serving in the US Navy in 1944-194...


William P. Barnes, Jr.
August 08, 2011

In Memoriam: William P. Barnes, Jr., 1925-2011 William "Bill" P. Barnes, Jr., an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died 8 August 2011 in Acton, Massachusetts. He was 85, and had survived pancreatic cancer for nearly six years. Barnes was born in 1925 in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1946 with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering. He received two Mast...


Wang Daheng
July 21, 2011

In Memoriam: Wang Daheng, Founder of the Chinese Optical Society Wang Daheng, honorary President of the Chinese Optical Society and a revered optical scientist in China, died of illness on 21 July 2011 in Beijing, China.  He was 96. Mr. Wang, born on February 26, 1915 in Tokyo, made outstanding contributions to developing China's precision optical instruments, including the coun...


Kusiel S. Shifrin
June 02, 2011

In Memoriam: Kusiel S. Shifrin, 1918-2011 Professor Kusiel Solomonovich Shifrin, an OSA Fellow noted for his contributions to atmospheric and ocean optics, died on 2 June 2011 in Albany, Oregon, USA, just one month before his 93rd birthday. Dr. Shifrin was born in Mstislavl, Belarus, and graduated from Leningrad State University in 1940 with degrees from both the Department of Physics an...


Willard S. Boyle
May 07, 2011

In Memoriam: Nobel Laureate Willard S. Boyle, 1924-2011 Willard S. Boyle, who received a 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention, with George E. Smith, of the charge-coupled device (CCD), died 7 May 2011 at a hospital in Wallace, Nova Scotia. He was 86. The CCD, a revolutionary imaging device that transforms light rays into digital images, propelled traditional film photography int...


Un-Chul Paek
May 03, 2011

In Memoriam: Professor Un-Chul Paek, 1934-2011 Professor Un-Chul Paek, an OSA Fellow who was an Emeritus Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Gwangju, South Korea, died on 3 May 2011.  He was 76. Prof. Paek received his B.S. in Engineering from the Korea Merchant Marine Academy in 1957.  He undertook graduate studies at the University of Califo...


Giuliano Toraldo di Francia
April 26, 2011

OSA Mourns the Loss of Giuliano Toraldo di Francia, 1916-2011 Giuliano Toraldo di Francia, an OSA Fellow and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Florence, Italy, died on 26 April 2011.  He was 94.  Toraldo di Francia’s death was announced by former city councilor and Minister Valdo Spini of Florence, in a statement that expressed deep sorrow and mourning for the lo...


John Lott Brown
January 16, 2011

In Memoriam: John Lott Brown, 1924-2011 John Lott Brown, an OSA Fellow Emeritus who served as The University of South Florida's third president and the one credited with setting it on a path to research prominence, died 16 January 2011 in Ohio. He was 86. A native of Philadelphia, Brown enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA, in 1942 through the U.S. Navy&...


Benedetto Daino
January 12, 2011

In Memoriam: Benedetto Daino Benedetto Daino, one of the principal scientists responsible for advancing optical communications in Italy and an OSA member since 1972, died on 12 January 2011 in Palermo, Italy, at the age of 75. Prof. Daino graduated from the University of Palermo in Electrical Engineering in 1960 and earned his PhD in 1971 (the Italian "Libera Docenza").  H...