IPAC Applauds Chairman Tom Baer on Election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Washington – June 1, 2017 – The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition (IPAC), a global initiative of The Optical Society (OSA), today commended Chairman Tom Baer on his recent election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) as a Corresponding Fellow. New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship—which includes more than 1,600 individuals from the UK and 64 Corresponding Fellows from abroad — enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise on a range of issues including arts, business, science and technology and academia.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected into such a distinguished society of individuals,” said Baer who, as a Corresponding Fellow, will strive to strengthen the RSE’s international work. “Optics and photonics – the science and application of light – transcend borders, benefiting individuals and industry worldwide. Through my election to the RSE and my leadership of IPAC, I look forward to growing our global appreciation for scientific research and discovery, and its contributions to advancing our modern day world.” 
In a press release, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, president of the RSE, commented, “Each newly elected Fellow has been nominated on his exceptional and extensive achievements; it is a great honor to welcome such a range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship. In joining the RSE Fellowship, they will strengthen the Society’s capacity to advance excellence across all areas of public life in Scotland and further afield.”
The RSE is a leading educational charity that operates on an independent and non-partisan basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.  Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh have included many distinguished scientists including James Clerk Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, David Brewster, and Sir Walter Scott.
“Tom Baer’s commitment to international coordination and collaboration – as evident through his leadership of IPAC – is one of the reasons he was elected as a Fellow to strengthen the global work of the RSE,” said IPAC steering committee member Allister I. Ferguson FRSE FIEEE, University of Strathclyde. “On behalf of IPAC and the international optics and photonics community, I applaud Tom on this achievement and commend the RSE on electing such an accomplished and globally-respected individual into its Fellowship.”
In addition to his leadership of IPAC, Baer also serves as executive director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University. He is an OSA past president and the former chair of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).
About The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Photonics Advocacy Coalition (IPAC)
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts.
OSA formed the International Photonics Advocacy Coalition (IPAC) in early 2017 to serve as a global initiative that brings together experts from industry, academia and government to educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies; collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.
For more information, please visit: http://www.osa.org/en-us/ipac
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