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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. 

  • Turning 100

    A look back at the society's 2016 centennial celebration.

From the birth of the local optical society in Rochester, New York, U.S, 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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James C. Wyant

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President, 2010

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Kenichi Iga

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Michal Lipson

Last updated: 2/8/2024 2:09:30 PM

President, 2023

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Robert L. Byer

Last updated: 12/20/2023 11:09:22 AM

President, 1994

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David John Richardson

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Barbara Buades

Last updated: 12/12/2023 2:50:27 PM

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Jean-Pierre Huignard

Last updated: 12/7/2023 8:59:30 AM

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Ivy Krystal Jones

Last updated: 12/7/2023 8:59:02 AM

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Ritu Raj Singh

Last updated: 12/5/2023 3:46:28 PM

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Yating Wan

Last updated: 12/4/2023 4:00:39 PM

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Gavrielle Untracht

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:59:02 PM

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Ahmet Turnali

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:54:47 PM

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Chiara Trovatello

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:50:23 PM

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Ana Karen Reyes

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:48:43 PM

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An Pan

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:46:54 PM

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Katarzyna Komolibus

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:42:51 PM

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George Dwapanyin

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:40:11 PM

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Angeles Camacho Rosales

Last updated: 12/4/2023 3:38:17 PM

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Olga Kocharovskaya

Last updated: 11/15/2023 10:47:25 PM

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Elizabeth A. Rogan

Last updated: 10/17/2023 4:13:59 PM

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