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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Meint Smit

Last updated: 11/22/2021 3:04:38 PM

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Joseph Eberly

Last updated: 11/3/2021 1:15:43 PM

President, 2007

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Joseph A. Izatt

Last updated: 11/3/2021 10:17:52 AM

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Michal Lipson

Last updated: 10/25/2021 1:47:28 PM

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Emil Wolf

Last updated: 10/25/2021 1:46:14 PM

President, 1978
Honorary Member

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Elsa Garmire

Last updated: 10/25/2021 1:43:37 PM

President, 1993

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Mary E. Warga

Last updated: 10/25/2021 11:54:33 AM

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Robert P. Madden

Last updated: 10/7/2021 2:10:21 PM

President, 1982

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Alain Aspect

Last updated: 10/4/2021 3:36:37 PM

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Kelly Cohen

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:46:02 PM

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Terence Patrick Rooney

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:45:01 PM

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Mary E Wheeler

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:36:03 PM

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Jessica Pagonis

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:34:44 PM

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Naomi R Chavez

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:33:07 PM

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M. Scott Dineen

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:30:24 PM

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Deborah C. Herrin

Last updated: 9/28/2021 3:29:18 PM

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Francisco J. Duarte

Last updated: 9/24/2021 12:25:13 PM

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Robert J. Keyes (left) and Theodore Quist

Last updated: 9/22/2021 4:05:47 PM

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Robert Hopkins

Last updated: 9/20/2021 9:59:23 AM

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Elizabeth A. Rogan

Last updated: 9/20/2021 9:59:06 AM