2007 OSA President Joseph H. Eberly earned a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, US, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, US, and has been teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Rochester, US, since 1967. He is currently the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and also professor of optics.
His long-time research interests in quantum optics and radiation physics have led to a number of discoveries and innovations, including the initial description of the spontaneous collapse and revival effect, the first observation of Bessel beams, and predictions of the recently observed non-spreading localized states of electrons in atoms, and the sudden death effect in quantum entanglement.
Eberly has been a tireless and active volunteer of OSA form many years, serving on the Long Term Publications Council, Publications Council, among others. In 2005, he was elected Vice President of the Society and subsequently President in 2007.
He received the Charles Hard Townes Award from OSA for pioneering work in the development of optical testing technology and the Goergen Award for Creative Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Rochester and has been designated a Distinguished Alumnus of the Penn State College of Science. He was awarded the Smoluchowski Medal by the Polish Physical Society.
In 2010, Eberly was awarded OSA’s highest award, the Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus Quinn Prize for many important research contributions to quantum optics and optical physics, his leadership as a teacher and educator, and his tireless and visionary service to the optics community. In 2012, he was awarded with OSA's Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service as founding editor of the groundbreaking journal, Optics Express, leadership while serving as President and his deep commitment in serving OSA in many other ways.
Eberly is the co-author of the monograph Optical Resonance and Two-Level Atoms, with L. Allen, and co-author of two texts with P.W. Milonni, Lasers and Laser Physics, and the article on Quantum Optics in the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, as well as the chapter on Coherent Transients in the APS Handbook of AMO Physics with C. R. Stroud, Jr. Additionally, he has written more than 350 research papers and reviews.
Eberly has served as chair of the APS Division of Laser Physics, on the APS Council and the AIP Board of Governors, and as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and ITAMP-Harvard. He is a Fellow of OSA and APS, and is an elected Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Science.
Eberly was an instrumental co-chair of OSA's Centennial Advisory Committee which was charged with planning OSA's 100th Anniversary in 2016. Currently he serves on OSA’s Presidential Advisory Committee.