OSA | Living History

Milestone Events & Celebrations

Turning 100

In 2016, a year long celebration marked OSA's Centennial highlighting 100 years of bright ideas, smart innovation and ground-breaking applications driven by more than 270,000 scientists, students, engineers and business leaders in the field.  This was a unique opportunity to share this milestone with its global membership and with the optics and photonics community at large.  We launched over 25 new products and services that helped drive meaningful results.  Look back at our first 100 years, and the achievements of our members and get a glimpse at the bright future in optics and photonics to come.

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OSA100 Exhibit

Experience our exhibit highlighting 100 key icons representing OSA and the world of optics and photonics. These innovations have helped shape our world for the last century.

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Turning 100

Beginning around the founding of the Optical Society, the OSA Century of Optics presents a selection of people, events and technologies that were important to the evolution of optics, optical science, optical engineering, and photonics. A number of the chapters are written by the researchers and engineers that were seminal in making the discoveries that are showcased, and the book ends with 8 prominent scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Steven Chu, speculating about what the next 100 years will bring to the field of optics.

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Centennial Booklets

In recognition of OSA’s 100th-anniversary year, the team at Optics & Photonics News created a series of four commemorative booklets. Together, the booklets tell the story, in photos and other visuals, of OSA’s roots and evolution so far, and where the society—and the optics and photonics community that it serves—are headed as we embark on our next 100 years.