Obituaries

Obituaries

OSA mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Allan D. Boardman

十一月 24, 2018

Allan Boardman, OSA Fellow and Emeritus member, passed away on 24 November 2018. Boardman was elected an OSA Fellow in 2006 for seminal contributions to nonlinear wave phenomena including surface polaritons, nonlinear guided waves, solitons and magneto-optics, and exemplary leadership and service to the optics community.Boardman was a Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Computing, Sci...

Walter F. Buell

十一月 02, 2018

Walter “Wally” Buell, OSA Fellow, active volunteer and life member, has passed away. Buell was a recognized leader in the national security and aerospace community. He had been the Principal Director of the Electronics and Photonics Laboratory at the Aerospace Corporation. Buell recently completed his term as Co-Chair of the Applications of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communic...

Berthold Leibinger, 1930-2018

十月 16, 2018

Berthold Leibinger, former CEO of TRUMPF, passed away on 16 October 2018 at the age of 87. Leibinger served as the managing director of TRUMF for 40 years and under his leadership, the company become one of the world’s leading machine manufacturers. Leibinger was recognized as a pioneer in the field of industrial laser development and application.Leibinger served as an apprentice both in ...

Charles Kao, 1933-2018

九月 23, 2018

Charles Kao, OSA member and Nobel Prize recipient (2009) in Physics, passed away on 23 September 2018 at the age of 84. Kao, whose seminal work on fiber optics laid the groundwork for the development of modern communications, was awarded the Nobel Prize for “groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication.”  Kao shared the 20...

Burton "Burt" McMurtry, 1935-2018

九月 02, 2018

Burton “Burt” McMurtry, Stanford volunteer leader and venture capitalist, passed away on 2 September at the age of 83. McMurtry served on the Stanford Board of Trustees for eleven years and was a major donor to the campaign to establish the Siegman International School on Lasers, in honor of 1999 OSA President Anthony E. Siegman.  McMurtry studied electrical engineering at Stan...

Robert H. Webb, 1934-2018

八月 23, 2018

Robert H. Webb, OSA Fellow and 1999 Edwin H. Land Medal recipient, passed away on 23 August 2018 at the age of 83. Webb was known for his numerous inventions, which accelerated the development of new diagnostic tools to help prevent the loss of sight. While Webb spent some time in academia at Tufts University, the majority of his career was spent with Block Engineering, Schepens Eye Research In...

Robert D. Cowan, 1919-2018

七月 26, 2018

Robert Cowan, OSA Fellow and William F. Meggars Award recipient, passed away on 26 July 2018 at the age of 98.  Cowan was known for his work in the field of atomic structure and spectra and for developing computer programs for the calculation of these quantities. Cowan spent the majority of his career at the Los Alamos Scientific (later National) Laboratory, working in the Theoretical Phys...

James Harrington, 1942-2018

六月 20, 2018

James Harrington, OSA Fellow and renowned expert in fiber optics and optical materials, passed away on 20 June 2018 at the age of 76.  Harrington was known for his work in specialty fiber optics, including all aspects of infrared fibers fabrication, characterization, and applications. His recent research included the development of specialty fiber optics for use in the delivery of laser po...

Emil Wolf, 1922-2018

六月 02, 2018

Emil Wolf, 1978 OSA President and Honorary Member, passed away on 2 June 2018.  Wolf was known for his research in physical optics, including diffraction, coherence properties of optical fields, spectroscopy of partially coherent radiation, and the theory of direct scattering and inverse scattering. During his distinguished career, Wolf had significant influence on advancements in optics a...

Richard Fork, 1935-2018

五月 16, 2018

Richard Fork, an OSA Fellow and former professor at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, passed away on 16 May 2018 at the age of 82.  Fork was known for his work in laser science and engineering, having received a patent for a space-based system that relies on lasers to generate and deliver energy to spacecraft. Fork was a tireless advocate of using lasers in space to deliver power fo...