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Physicist Mary Warga became OSA’s first staff member, serving as executive secretary from 1959 to 1972. She received the first OSA Distinguished Service Award in 1973.

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Mary Warga

Physicist Mary Warga became OSA’s first permanent staff member when she was appointed executive secretary in 1959.

For the next 13 years, she guided OSA activities. In 1973 Warga received OSA’s first Distinguished Service Award. (Photo: Harris and Ewing, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection)

(Courtesy of Photograph by Harris and Ewing, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection)