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Robert P. Madden

OSA Awards & Distinctions

Robert P. Madden received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Rochester and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He was a physicist with the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Laboratories (AERDL) from 1958-1961.

During the end of his tenure at AERDL, Madden was asked to join the National Bureau of Standards to develop its vacuum ultraviolet radiometric standards program. He was a principal scientist of the far-ultraviolet physics group and directed the Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility II. With fellow researcher Keith Codling Madden conducted many experiments to characterize the radiation obtained from the synchrotron using both photographic and photoelectric techniques. To perform spectroscopy research Madden and Codling built their own spectrometer which was focused to 0.002 of an inch and remained in place for more than two decades. It achieved 0.06-angstrom resolution.

Madden received awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Washington Academy of Sciences.  An active member of OSA, Madden was a Fellow, served on the Board of Directors, and received OSA’s William Meggers Award.

Robert P. Madden died on 1 April 2014, please see OSA's memorial entry.

Document Created: 12 Jun 2013
Last Updated: 10 Jul 2020