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

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Linhui Yu

Last updated: 11/21/2022 10:35:11 AM

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Amy Eskilson

Last updated: 11/18/2022 3:41:03 PM

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Rainer Blatt

Last updated: 11/17/2022 11:54:19 AM

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Steve Grubb

Last updated: 11/10/2022 10:21:44 AM

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Donna Strickland

Last updated: 10/19/2022 1:09:09 PM

President, 2013

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Alain Aspect

Last updated: 10/4/2022 11:29:40 AM

Honorary Member

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John F. Clauser

Last updated: 10/4/2022 11:25:20 AM

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Anton Zeilinger

Last updated: 10/4/2022 11:24:26 AM

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Francisco J. Duarte

Last updated: 9/14/2022 3:20:29 PM

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Mathew Alpern

Last updated: 9/12/2022 1:30:16 PM

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Ursula Gibson

Last updated: 8/31/2022 7:25:08 PM

President, 2019

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Eric Mazur

Last updated: 8/31/2022 7:22:23 PM

President, 2017

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Kenneth M. Baird

Last updated: 8/31/2022 6:53:17 PM

President, 1983

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Satoshi Kawata

Last updated: 8/31/2022 6:38:22 PM

President, 2022

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Michal Lipson

Last updated: 8/31/2022 6:31:22 PM

President, 2023

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Kari Apter

Last updated: 7/27/2022 2:07:44 AM

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Julia Majors

Last updated: 6/10/2022 4:29:55 PM

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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

Last updated: 5/2/2022 4:34:56 PM