OSA | Living History

Robert G. Greenler

OSA Awards & Distinctions

1987 OSA President Robert G. Greenler received a B.S. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught from 1962-1992. His technical research centered on the optical properties of surfaces.

With a colleague in 1973, Greenler started “The Science Bag,” a family friendly lecture series that occurred weekly on Friday evenings and one Sunday a month, filling the 250-seat lecture room in the university’s Physics Building. In its 30-year existence the program attracted a cumulative audience of over 140,000 people.

Over the decades, Greenler’s dedication to demonstrating the beauty of optical phenomena in nature was a major contribution to the optics community and beyond. Greenler’s presentations whether written or spoken were engaging, informative, and unmatched.

Greenler received a number of awards for his outreach work including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Ernest Spaights Plaza Award and OSA’s Esther Hoffman Beller Award. He was elected a Fellow of OSA in 1974.

Document Created: 12 Jun 2013
Last Updated: 8 Jan 2020