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Margaret M. Murnane

Professors Margaret Murnane poses next to one of their laser laboratories University of Colorado Boulder campus on August 25, 2010. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Margaret Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and OSA and a faculty member in Physics at the University of Colorado. She runs a trans-disciplinary research group with her husband, Henry Kapteyn. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She joined the faculty at Washington State University in 1990. In 1996, she moved to the University of Michigan and in 1999 to the University of Colorado. Henry and Margaret also co-founded KMLabs, the first laser company to commercially offer 10fs Ti:sapphire lasers as well as coherent high harmonic systems.

Her OSA volunteer work includes the OSA Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee, several topical meeting program committees, the Frontiers in Optics Program Committee, and serving as an editor for Optics Letters. She was awarded the 2017 Frederic Ives Medal and the 2010 R.W. Wood Prize.

I quickly became intrigued with laser science when I realized that lasers could be used to explore the frontiers of science across many disciplines, as well as to develop important technological applications.

Margaret Murnane, OPN 2010


Document Created: 4 May 2017
Last Updated: 5 Jun 2020