Albert Abraham Michelson Albert Abraham Michelson (surname pronunciation anglicized as "Michael-son", December 19, 1852 – May 9, 1931) was an American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of ligh...
Albert Baez Albert Vinicio Baez, Ph.D. (November 15, 1912 – March 20, 2007) was a prominent Mexican-American physicist, and the father of singers Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña.
Alexander Prokhorov Alexander Mikhaylovich Prokhorov (Алекса́ндр Миха́йлович Про́хоров; 11 July 1916 – 8 January 2002) was a Soviet physicist known for his pioneering research on lasers and mase...
Alexis-Marie de Rochon Alexis-Marie de Rochon, known as Abbé Rochon, was born in Brest, France on 21 February 1741, and died in Paris on 5 April 1817.
Alfred Perot Jean-Baptiste Alfred Perot was a French physicist.
Anthony E. Siegman Anthony E. Siegman (1931–2011) was an electrical engineer and educator concerned with masers and lasers.
Anthony J. DeMaria Anthony J. DeMaria is an American researcher in lasers and their applications, particularly known for his work with picosecond laser pulses.
Arnold Sommerfeld Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld, ForMemRS (5 December 1868 – 26 April 1951) was a German theoretical physicist who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics, and also educated and ...
Arthur Ashkin Arthur Ashkin (born September 2, 1922) is a retired scientist who worked at Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.
Arthur Compton Arthur Holly Compton (September 10, 1892 – March 15, 1962) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his discovery of the Compton effect.
Arthur F. Turner Arthur F. Turner was president of the Optical Society of America in 1968.
Brian O'Brien Brian O'Brien, Ph.D. was an optical physicist and "the founder of the Air Force Studies Board and its chairman for 12 years.
Bruce H. Billings Bruce Hadley Billings (July 6, 1915 – October 21, 1992) was an American physicist.
C. V. Raman Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS (7 November 188821 November 1970) was an Indian physicist whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Ph...
Carl Friedrich Gauss Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (Gauß, Carolus Fridericus Gauss) (30 April 177723 February 1855) was a German mathematician and physical scientist who contributed significantly to many fields, incl...
Carl Wieman Carl Edwin Wieman (born March 26, 1951) is an American physicist and educationist at Stanford University and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics at the University of Colorado for the product...
Carl Zeiss Carl Zeiss (11 September 1816 – 3 December 1888) was a German maker of optical instruments commonly known for the company he founded, Carl Zeiss Jena (now: Carl Zeiss AG).
Charles Fabry Maurice Paul Auguste Charles Fabry ForMemRS (11 June 1867, Marseille – 11 December 1945, Paris) was a French physicist.
Charles Wheatstone Sir Charles Wheatstone FRS (6 February 1802 – 19 October 1875), was an English scientist and inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era, including the English concertina, the...
Christiaan Huygens Christiaan Huygens, FRS (or) (Hugenius) (14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a prominent Dutch mathematician and natural philosopher.
Christian Christiansen Christian Christiansen (9 October 1843 in Lønborg, Denmark – 28 November 1917 Frederiksberg) was a Danish physicist.
Christopher Monroe Christopher Roy Monroe (born October 19, 1965) is an American physicist, an experimentalist in the areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information science.
Dan D. Yang Dan D. Yang, PhD, is the founder of Rullingnet Corp. and the Creator of VINCI Learning, a new category of learning tools based on developmental science, technology and early childhood education.
Daniel Frank Walls Daniel Walls (1942 - 1999) was a theoretical physicist specialising in quantum optics.
Daniel Kleppner Daniel Kleppner, born 1932, is the Lester Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT and co-director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms.
David Brewster Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA(Scot) FSSA MICE (11 December 1781 – 10 February 1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer, historian of scienc...
David J. Wineland David Jeffrey Wineland (born February 24, 1944) is an American Nobel Prize awarded physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory.
David MacAdam Dr. David Lewis MacAdam (July 1, 1910–March 9, 1998) was an American physicist and color scientist who made important contributions to color science and technology in the fields of colorimetry, ...
Deane B. Judd Deane Brewster Judd (November 15, 1900 – October 15, 1972) was an American physicist who made important contributions to the fields of colorimetry, color discrimination, color order, and c...
Edward Morley Edward Williams Morley (January 29, 1838 – February 24, 1923) was an American scientist famous for his path-breaking measurements of the atomic weight of oxygen, and for the Michelson–Morley exp...
Emil Wolf Emil Wolf (born July 30, 1922) is a Czech born American physicist who made advancements in physical optics, including diffraction, coherence properties of optical fields, spectroscopy of partial...
Eric Van Stryland Eric Van Stryland was president of the Optical Society of America in 2005.
Ernst Abbe Ernst Karl Abbe (January 23, 1840 – January 14, 1905) was a German physicist, optometrist, entrepreneur, and social reformer.
Ernst Mach Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach (February 18, 1838 – February 19, 1916) was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study ...
Erwin Schrödinger Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961) was an Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which for...
F. J. Duarte Francisco Javier "Frank" Duarte (born c. 1954) is a Chilean-born laser physicist and author/editor of several well-known books on tunable lasers.
Floyd K. Richtmyer Floyd Karker Richtmyer (1881–1939) was a physicist and educator in the United States.
Gaspar Schott Gaspar Schott (5 February 1608 – 22 May 1666) (in German Kaspar Schott, in Latin Gaspare Schotto) was a German Jesuit and scientist, specializing in the fields of physics, mathematics and natur...
George R. Harrison George Russell Harrison (July 14, 1898 – July 27, 1979) was an American physicist.
Georges Sagnac Georges Sagnac was a French physicist who lent his name to the Sagnac effect, a phenomenon which is at the basis of interferometers and ring laser gyroscopes developed since the 1970s.
Gustav Kirchhoff Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (12 March 1824 – 17 October 1887) was a German physicist who contributed to the fundamental understanding of electrical circuits, spectroscopy, and the emission of b...
H Douglas Keith H Douglas Keith was a physicist and one of the primary polymer researchers over the latter half of the 20th century.
H. Douglas Keith Dr. H. Douglas Keith, FAAAS was a physicist and one of the primary polymer researchers over the latter half of the 20th century.
H. Jeff Kimble H. Jeff Kimble is the William L. Valentine Professor and Professor of Physics at Caltech.
H. John Caulfield H. John Caulfield was a well-known American physicist who specialized in holography and optical computing.
Herbert E. Ives Herbert Eugene Ives (July 21, 1882, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 13, 1953) was a scientist and engineer who headed the development of facsimile and television systems at AT&T in the fir...
Herbert Eugene Ives Herbert Eugene Ives (July 21, 1882, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 13, 1953) was a scientist and engineer who headed the development of facsimile and television systems at AT&T in the fir...
Herbert Walther Prof. Dr. Herbert Walther was an internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of quantum optics and laser physics.
Hermann Haken Hermann Haken (born July 12, 1927 in Leipzig, Germany) is physicist and professor emeritus in theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart.
Hippolyte Fizeau Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau (23 September 1819 – 18 September 1896) was a French physicist.
Humphrey Lloyd (physicist) Humphrey Lloyd (–1881) was the provost of Trinity College, Dublin between 1867–1881, and Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy.
Hyatt M. Gibbs Hyatt M. Gibbs was a notable physicist and professor at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.
Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 164220 March 1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as...
James C. Wyant James C. Wyant is professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona where he was Director and Dean.
James Clerk Maxwell James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879) was a Scottish mathematical physicist.
James P. Gordon James Power Gordon (March 20, 1928 – June 21, 2013) was an American physicist known for his work in the fields of optics and quantum electronics.
Jean M. Bennett Jean M. Bennett (1930-2008)was the first female president of the Optical Society of America in 1986.
Johannes Rydberg Johannes (Janne) Robert Rydberg (November 8, 1854 – December 28, 1919) was a Swedish physicist mainly known for devising the Rydberg formula, in 1888, which is used to predict the wavelen...
Johannes Stark Johannes Stark (15 April 1874 – 21 June 1957) was a German physicist, and Physics Nobel Prize laureate who was closely involved with the Deutsche Physik movement under the Nazi regime.
John A. Sanderson John A. Sanderson was president of the Optical Society of America in 1967.
John Clive Ward John Clive Ward (August 1, 1924 – May 6, 2000) was a British-Australian physicist.
John D. Strong John Donovan Strong was a professor of Physics and Astronomy from 1967 to 1975 and served as the head of the laboratory of astrophysics and physical meteorology.
John Kerr (physicist) John Kerr FRS (17 December 1824 – 15 August 1907) was a Scottish physicist and a pioneer in the field of electro-optics.
John L. Hall John Lewis "Jan" Hall (born August 21, 1934) is an American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics.
John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM (12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered the element argon, an achievement for which he e...
John Tyndall John Tyndall FRS (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th century physicist.
John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM, PRS (12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earned the Nob...
Joseph H. Eberly Joseph H. Eberly (born 1935) is the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester.
Joseph von Fraunhofer Joseph Fraunhofer, ennobled in 1824 as Ritter von Fraunhofer (6 March 1787 – 7 June 1826) was a German optician.
L. M. Narducci Lorenzo M. Narducci (1942-2006) was an Italian-American physicist known for his contributions to quantum optics and the study of laser instabilities, in particular.
Leonard Mandel Leonard Mandel (May 9, 1927 – February 9, 2001) was the Lee DuBridge Professor Emeritus of Physics and Optics at the University of Rochester when he died at the age of 73 at his home in Pittsfor...
Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler English approximation, "Oiler"; 15 April 1707 18 September 1783) was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist.
Loyd A. Jones Loyd A. Jones was an American scientist who worked for Eastman Kodak Company, where he was head of its physics department for many years.
Ludwig Zehnder Ludwig Louis Albert Zehnder (4 May 1854, Illnau – 24 March 1949, Oberhofen am Thunersee) the Swiss physicist, inventor of an interferometer (See Mach–Zehnder interferometer).
Léon Brillouin Léon Nicolas Brillouin (August 7, 1889 – October 4, 1969) was a French physicist.
Léon Foucault Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (18 September 1819 – 11 February 1868) was a French physicist best known for his demonstration of the Foucault pendulum, a device demonstrating the effect of the Earth...
Marlan Scully Marlan Orvil Scully (born August 3, 1939) is an American physicist best known for his work in theoretical quantum optics.
Max Born Max Born (11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics.
Max Planck Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, FRS (April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947) was a German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
Max von Laue Max Theodor Felix von Laue (9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.
Michael Faraday Michael Faraday, FRS (22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.
Min Gu Min Gu (顾敏) is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Optical Society ...
Nicolaas Bloembergen Nicolaas Bloembergen (born March 11, 1920) is a Dutch-American physicist and Nobel laureate.
Nikolay Basov Nikolay Gennadiyevich Basov (Никола́й Генна́диевич Ба́сов; 14 December 1922 – 1 July 2001) was a Soviet physicist and educator.
Paul Rudolph (physicist) Paul Rudolph (1858-1935) was a German physicist who designed the first anastigmatic lens while working for Carl Zeiss.
Perley G. Nutting Perley Gilman Nutting was the founder of the Optical Society of America and served as its first president from 1916-1917.
Peter Franken Peter A. Franken (November 10, 1928 - March 11, 1999) was an American physicist who contributed to the field of nonlinear optics.
Peter Zoller Peter Zoller (born 16 September 1952) is a theoretical physicist from Austria.
Pierre-Michel Duffieux Pierre-Michel Duffieux (1891–1976) was a French physicist, known as the founder of Fourier optics.
Poul S. Jessen Poul S. Jessen holds the position of Professor of Optical Sciences with a joint appointment in Physics at the University of Arizona.
Raymond Chiao Raymond Y. Chiao is an American physicist best known for his experimental work in quantum optics.
Richard C. Lord Professor Richard Collins Lord (October 10, 1910 – April 29, 1989) was born in Louisville, Kentucky.
Richard Q. Twiss Richard Q. Twiss (24 August 1920 – 20 May 2005) is famous for his work on the Hanbury-Brown and Twiss effect with Robert Hanbury Brown.
Robert Andrews Millikan Robert A. Millikan (March 22, 1868 – December 19, 1953) was an American experimental physicist honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923 for his measurement of the elementary electronic c...
Stephan W. Koch Stephan W. Koch (born 23 May 1953) is a German theoretical physicist.
Stephen E. Harris Stephen E. Harris (born November 29, 1936, Brooklyn, New York) is an American physicist known for his contributions to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), modulation of single photon...
Steven Chu Steven Chu (born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist who served as the 12th United States Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013.
Susan Houde-Walter Susan Houde-Walter was president of the Optical Society of America in 2005.
Theodor W. Hänsch Theodor Wolfgang Hänsch (born 30 October 1941) is a German physicist.
Theodore Lyman Theodore Lyman was a U.S. physicist and spectroscopist, born in Boston.
Vladimir Shalaev Vladimir M. Shalaev, the Robert and Anne Burnett Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in metamaterials, tran...
W. Lewis Hyde Walter Lewis Hyde (1919-2003) was an American physicist, an early contributor to the field of fiber optics.
Warren J. Smith Warren J. Smith was president of the Optical Society of America in 1980.
William Daniel Phillips William Daniel Phillips (born November 5, 1948) is a Nobel Prize award winning, American physicist.
William George Fastie William George Fastie was an American optical physicist and spectroscopist who played a part in the Johns Hopkins University space program of the late 1950s.
William Henry Bragg Sir William Henry Bragg OM, KBE, PRS (2 July 1862 – 10 March 1942) was a British physicist, chemist, mathematician and active sportsman who uniquely shared a Nobel Prize with his son William Law...
William Hyde Wollaston William Hyde Wollaston PRS (6 August 1766 – 22 December 1828) was an English chemist and physicist who is famous for discovering two chemical elements; he also developed a way to process platinu...
William Lawrence Bragg Sir William Lawrence Bragg CH OBE MC FRS (31 March 1890 – 1 July 1971) was an Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer, discoverer (1912) of the Bragg law of X-ray diffractio...
William Nicol (geologist) William Nicol FRSE (1770 – 2 September 1851) was a Scottish geologist and physicist who invented the Nicol prism, the first device for obtaining plane-polarized light, in 1828.
William Nicol (inventor) William Nicol (1770 – 1851) was a Scottish physicist and geologist who invented the first device for obtaining plane-polarized light — the Nicol prism — in 1828.
William Rowan Hamilton Sir William Rowan Hamilton (midnight, 3-4 August 1805 – 2 September 1865) was an Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician, who made important contributions to classical mechanics, op...
William T. Silfvast William Thomas Silfvast is an American physicist well known for his contributions to gas discharge lasers, soft x-ray lasers, and as the author of the influential textbook Laser Fundamentals.
Willis Lamb Willis Eugene Lamb, Jr. (July 12, 1913 – May 15, 2008) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1955 together with Polykarp Kusch "for his discoveries concerning the fine ...
Éleuthère Mascart Éleuthère Élie Nicolas Mascart (February 20, 1837 – August 24, 1908) was a noted French physicist, a researcher in optics, electricity, magnetism, and meteorology.