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Optical Society of America

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

Present membership about 14,000.

"Founded in 1916, OSA brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. OSA is dedicated to providing its members and the scientific community with educational resources that support technical and professional development. OSA publications, events and services help to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation. The Society's commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives."

Official Website:
http://www.osa.org/

Location:
Washington, DC

Founding Date:
1916

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ilesanmi Adesida
Educator
c. 1949   Dean, College of Engineering, UIUC
Zhores I. Alferov
Scientist
15-Mar-1930   Developed solar cells for the Sputnik program
Nikolay G. Basov
Physicist
14-Dec-1922 1-Jul-2001 Invention of the maser and laser
Nicolaas Bloembergen
Physicist
11-Mar-1920   Nonlinear optics
Wallace R. Brode
Chemist
12-Jun-1900 10-Aug-1974 Absorption spectra of dyes
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Physicist
1-Apr-1933   Trapped atoms with laser light
Karl T. Compton
Physicist
15-Sep-1887 22-Jun-1954 Bikini Island atomic tests
Eric A. Cornell
Physicist
19-Dec-1961   Atomic physicist, Nobel laureate
Robert F. Curl, Jr.
Chemist
23-Aug-1933   Co-Discovered fullerines
Roy J. Glauber
Physicist
1-Sep-1925   Quantum optics
John L. Hall
Physicist
21-Aug-1934   Quantum optics
Theodor W. Hänsch
Physicist
30-Oct-1941   Quantum optics
George Russell Harrison
Physicist
14-Jul-1898 27-Jul-1979 Echelle spectrograph
Haldan K. Hartline
Scientist
22-Dec-1903 17-Mar-1983 Physiology of the retina
Gerhard Herzberg
Physicist
25-Dec-1904 3-Mar-1999 Molecular spectroscopy
Nick Holonyak
Physicist
3-Nov-1928   Light-emitting diodes
Herbert E. Ives
Physicist
21-Jul-1882 13-Nov-1953 Facsimile machine
Kristina M. Johnson
Educator
c. 1958   Provost of Johns Hopkins University
Alfred Kastler
Physicist
3-May-1902 7-Jan-1984 Optical pumping
Wolfgang Ketterle
Physicist
21-Oct-1957   Bose-Einstein condensates
David M. Lee
Physicist
20-Jan-1931   Superfluidity of helium-3
Theodore Maiman
Physicist
11-Jul-1927 5-May-2007 Built the first working laser
John C. Mather
Physicist
7-Aug-1946   Big Bang
Albert A. Michelson
Physicist
19-Dec-1852 9-May-1931 Measured the speed of light
Charlotte E. Moore
Astronomer
24-Sep-1898 3-Mar-1990 Technetium in the Sun
William D. Phillips
Physicist
5-Nov-1948   Trapped atoms with laser light
Aleksandr M. Prokhorov
Physicist
11-Jul-1916 8-Jan-2002 Invention of the maser and laser
James Rainwater
Physicist
9-Dec-1917 31-May-1986 Determined shapes of nuclei
Arthur L. Schawlow
Physicist
5-May-1921 28-Apr-1999 Laser spectroscopy
Charles H. Townes
Physicist
28-Jul-1915   Invention of the maser and laser
George Wald
Biologist
18-Nov-1906 12-Apr-1997 Physiology of the retina
Carl E. Wieman
Physicist
26-Mar-1951   Bose-Einstein Condensates
Frits Zernike
Physicist
16-Jul-1888 10-Mar-1966 Phase-contrast microscope


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