History

Over a Century of Optics & Photonics

Welcome to the Living History of Optica, where we celebrate the society and the science of optics and photonics over the past century and beyond! You'll find biographies, photos, memoirs, videos and much more. 

From the birth of the local optical society in Rochester, New York, USA, in 1915 to today, light science has made tremendous advancements. It touches the lives of each and every one of us around the globe. Join us on our journey of bringing history to life by exploring the Milestones and Celebrations, Biographies and Memoirs,  Multimedia and the Chronology of this amazing science that shapes our world.

We are only at the beginning of what optics technology can do,
The society and its members will continue to be at the forefront of advancing the science of light.
Alan Willner, 2016 President

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P. Daniel Dapkus

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:29:33 PM

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Kazuro Kikuchi

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:28:04 PM

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James J Coleman

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:26:55 PM

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John E Bowers

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:25:39 PM

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Joe Charles Campbell

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:24:20 PM

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Robert Tkach

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:23:01 PM

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Donald Ray Scifres

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:20:54 PM

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Roger H. Stolen

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:19:16 PM

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Larry A. Coldren

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:18:14 PM

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Andrew R. Chraplyvy

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:17:17 PM

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Tatsuo Izawa

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:16:29 PM

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Stewart D. Personick

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:14:52 PM

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John B. MacChesney

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:13:50 PM

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Kenichi Iga

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:09:12 PM

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Kenneth O. Hill

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:06:05 PM

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Yasuharu Suematsu

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:04:31 PM

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Michael K Barnoski

Last updated: 1/25/2022 12:00:42 PM

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Isinsu Baylam

Last updated: 1/21/2022 1:06:38 PM

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Aleksey Ekimov

Last updated: 1/14/2022 3:31:45 PM

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Jarus W. Quinn

Last updated: 1/14/2022 3:07:45 PM

Honorary Member