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Mark I. Stockman

In Memoriam: Mark I. Stockman, 1947-2020

November 22, 2020

Mark Stockman, physics professor and OSA Fellow, known for his work in the area of nanoplasmonics, has passed away at the age of 73. Stockman was passionate about the nano-sciences and dedicated his career to expanding research and funding for the field. Stockman was made an OSA Fellow in 2011 for pioneering work in nanophotonics and plasmonics: discovery of nearfield hot spots, invention of SPASER (nanoscale quantum generator/amplifier), introduction of coherent control in ultrafast nanoplasmonics and adiabatic compression in plasmonics.

Stockman was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and studied physics at the University of Novosibirsk, in Novosibirsk, Russia. He completed his Masters of Science degree in 1970, and went on to receive his PhD under the guidance of Prof. S.T. Belyaev at the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, in Novosibirsk, Russia, in 1974. Stockman continued his studies and received a D.Sci in physics from the Institute of Automation and Electrometry, Russian Academy of Sciences, in 1989.

During his studies, Stockman worked as a Research Scientist (1975-1980) and then a Senior Research Scientist (1980-1989) at the Institute of Automation and Electrometry, Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1990, he moved to New York and joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and then in 1991, he served as a visiting Professor of Physics at Washington State University.  Stockman accepted a position at Georgia State University (GSU) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2001 and he would stay at GSU until his death in 2020. Stockman held numerous positions at the University including being the founder and director of the Center for Nano Optics (2012). In addition to his work at GSU, Stockman was invited to serve as a guest professor at institutions in Germany and France including, the Max Plank Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), University of Stuttgart, Ecole Normale Supérieure  de Cachan, and Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle.

Stockman authored more than 190 research papers and presented numerous keynote and invited talks at major international conferences. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), OSA, and SPIE. He received numerous grants and contracts during his career from the United States Department of Defense (Navy, Army) and United States Department of Energy.

Stockman was known as an avid skier and enjoyed outdoor activities. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues, students, and many collaborators. OSA and scientific community mourns the loss of Mark I. Stockman.