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Pierre Chavel
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institut d'Optique, France

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Pierre Chavel graduated from the Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, with a docteur es sciences in physics in 1979. Since 1972, he has been a research scientist at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), working at the Institut d'Optique – Graduate School. His research interests include subwavelength diffractive optics, digital image processing, optical coherence, speckle and optoelectronic computing. His publications include some 120 articles in refereed journals and 12 patents and he edited or co-edited several books. He has taught courses on physical optics, coherence, geometrical optics, optics in computing, speckle, Fourier analysis and Fourier optics at IOGS and other institutions. As a participant or PI, he has been involved for many years in research projects funded by the European Union “Framework Programme” for Science and Technology. From 2004 through 2009, he chaired the board of shareholders of one high tech startup company in the field of biophotonics. He served as the Director of Laboratoire Charles Fabry (1998-2009, 2013-2014) and is serving as a deputy director for the Saint-Etienne site of Institut d’Optique, also working there with Laboratoire Hubert Curien. He was a visiting scientist at the Image Processing Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles during 1979-1980, and a Xiing Sheng Chern Visiting Professor at the Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China (2007-2010). A Fellow of OSA, SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics), and the European Optical Society, he served on the board of SFO, the French Optical Society (1983-89 and 91-95) and as the Secretary of the International Commission for Optics, 1990-2002 and as a chair of a number of scientific conferences, including CLEO Europe 2000 (one of the two program chairs) and CLEO Europe 2003 (one of the two general chairs). He is also the President of the French Physics Olympiads (2011-present).

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Pierre Chavel became interested in optics as a young student asking questions about light--OSA Stories

17 January 2017

OSA Fellow Pierre Chavel, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institut d’Optique, France, first became fascinated with optics in high school.

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Document Created: 18 Apr 2019
Last Updated: 2 Jan 2020