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

History

Where light and glass meet

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08 April 2022

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Hyeon Jeong Lee

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:40:09 PM

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Faezeh Gholami

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:36:52 PM

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Brandon Buscaino

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Alessandra Carmichael-Martins

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Barbara Buades

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Alexander Jantzen

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:21:38 PM

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Rodrigo da Silva Benevides

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:20:06 PM

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Sangyeon (Fred) Cho

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:19:41 PM

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Jhonattan Cordoba Ramirez

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:13:12 PM

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Richard Zeltner

Last updated: 5/2/2022 3:58:14 PM

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André Maréchal

Last updated: 3/25/2022 3:25:42 PM

Honorary Member

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Heejoo Choi

Last updated: 3/3/2022 1:24:00 PM

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Norbert F Scherer

Last updated: 3/1/2022 8:38:56 AM

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Girish S. Agarwal

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Martin Zanni

Last updated: 2/28/2022 10:00:20 PM

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Min Gu

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Ido Kaminer

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Michael D. Fayer

Last updated: 2/28/2022 10:00:19 PM

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Jim Tatum

Last updated: 2/28/2022 10:00:20 PM

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Mary Hayhoe

Last updated: 2/28/2022 10:00:20 PM