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Richard G. Brewer

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Awards & Distinctions

Richard G Brewer earned a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1951 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. In 1963, after serving as an Instructor at Harvard University and an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, he joined the research staff at IBM, Almaden, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. He became an IBM Fellow in 1973 and a Consulting Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University in 1978.

An OSA member for 35 years, Brewer was elected an OSA Fellow in 1977. He was also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Brewer received the Franklin Institute’s Albert A. Michelson Gold Medal in 1979 and Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994. In 1997 he endowed the Brewer prize at Caltech. In 2000, Brewer was the recipient of the OSA Charles Hard Townes Award “for his outstanding contributions to quantum optics, characterized by originality and diversity, involving the interplay of theory and elegant experiments to elucidate fundamental problems of coherent optical transients, using atoms, molecules, solids and trapped ions.”

Brewer had over 150 publications in books and physics journals. With Aram Mooradian, he initiated the highly successful International Conference on Laser Spectroscopy, which continues to be held in worldwide venues.

Richard G. Brewer died on 22 July 2012, please see Optica's memorial entry.

Document Created: 26 Jul 2023
Last Updated: 28 Aug 2023

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