Obituaries

Optica mourns the passing of these distinguished colleagues.

Byoungho Lee, 1964-2022

November 07, 2022

Byoungho Lee, Optica Fellow and Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea, passed away on 7 November 2022. Byoungho’s research interests included optical fiber sensors, nano photonics, and 3D displays. Byoungho was awarded an Optica Fellow in 2005 for his contributions in information processing and nonlinear optics.Byoungho was born...

Herch Moyses Nussenzveig , 1933 - 2022

November 05, 2022

Herch Moyses Nussezveig, Optica Fellow and recipient of the Max Born Award, passed away on 5 November 2022 at the age of 89. Nussenzveig’s research contributed to the theory of the rainbow and other phenomena in atmospheric optics, such as the ‘glory.’Nussezveig was the son of Polish Jewish immigrants and graduated from the University of São Paulo in 1954 with his undergr...

John Sheridan, 1964 - 2022

November 01, 2022

John Sheridan, Optica Fellow and Professor of Optical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, passed away on 1 November 2022. Sheridan’s research interests included optical engineering and applied optoelectronics, fundamentals of optics and the electromagnetic theory of diffraction, and optical signal processing.  Sheridan was made an Optica Fellow in 2017 for his le...

Yasuhiro Matsui, 1964-2022

November 01, 2022

Yasuhiro Matsui, a pioneer in high-speed laser technology, passed away on 1 November  2022, in San Jose, California, USA, at the age of 58. Matsui was known for his contributions to directly modulated laser (DML) technologies, ultrafast lasers, and their applications for optical communications. He spent his career in industry-leading R&D and product development of optical transceivers,...

Nick Holonyak Jr., 1928 - 2022

September 18, 2022

Nick Holonyak Jr., Optica Honorary Member and Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize recipient, passed away on 18 September 2022 at the age of 93. Holonyak was a pioneer in optoelectronics and credited with the development of the first practical visible-spectrum LED. His research led to the use of LED in light bulbs, device displays and lasers.Holonyak was born in Zeigler, Illinois. His paren...

Stephan W. Koch, 1953 - 2022

September 12, 2022

Stephan W. Koch, Optica Fellow and pioneering theoretical physicist, passed away on September 12 at the age of 69.  Koch was known for his groundbreaking research on the consistent many-body theory and his seminal contributions to the optical and electronic properties of semiconductors, semiconductor quantum optics, and semiconductor laser designs. In addition to his research and publicati...

Mathew Alpern, 1920 - 1996

August 10, 2022

Mathew Alpern, recipient of the Edgar T. Tillyer Award (1974) and Physiologist, passed away on 16 May 1996 at the age of 75. He is most known for his research on color vision and color blindness.Alpern was born in Akron, Ohio on 22 September 1920. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1941 from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry (now the Illinois College of Optometry). He spent ...

Robert William Ditchburn, 1903 - 1987

August 05, 2022

Robert William Ditchburn, Optica Fellow (1965) and recipient of the C. E. K. Mees Medal, passed away on 8 April 1987 at the age of 84. He was known for his work on photo-ionization, solids' optical properties, eye movements' effect on the on visual perception. His research which led to the development and application of methods to stabilize images on the retina will have a lasting impac...

Richard F. Weeks, 1932 - 2022

July 11, 2022

Richard F. Weeks, Optica Fellow (1981) and recipient of the David Richardson Medal (1980) passed away in Grinnell, Iowa on 11 July 2022 at the age of 90. He was most known for heading the team at Polaroid that designed the optics for the iconic Polaroid SX-70, the world’s first folding single-lens reflex camera.Weeks was born 1 June 1932 in Schenectady, NY where he graduated fro...

Robert F. Curl Jr., 1933 - 2022

July 03, 2022

Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., physical chemist and Optica Fellow (1995), passed away on 3 July 2022 at the age of 88 in Houston, Texas. Curl was awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1996 along with his colleagues, Harry Kroto and Richard Smalley, for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene, or “buckyball,” previously an unrecognized form of carbon.Curl was born in Alice,...

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