Michael Faraday
An excerpt from the popular PBS doucumentary 'Einsteins's Big Idea' showing the contribution of Farady in the making of teh world's most famous equation. Mic...
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. His contributions include the design, analysis an...
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William Daniel Phillips
For the cabin in Georgia see William D. Phillips Log CabinWilliam Daniel Phillips (born November 5, 1948) is a Nobel Prize award winning, American physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1...
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Léon Brillouin
Léon Nicolas Brillouin ([bʁilwɛ̃]; August 7, 1889 – October 4, 1969) was a French physicist. He made contributions to quantum mechanics, radio wave propagation in the atmosphere, solid state ph...
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John Clive Ward
John Clive Ward (1 August 1924 – 6 May 2000) was a British-Australian physicist. His most famous creation was the Ward–Takahashi identity, originally known as "Ward Identity" (or "Ward Identities"). T...
Leonard T. Troland
Leonard Thompson Troland (1889–1932) was an American physicist.He graduated in 1912 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in biochemistry. He then studied psychology at Harvard,...
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 photons, and...
Daniel Frank Walls
Daniel Frank Walls (13 September 1942 – 12 May 1999) was a New Zealand theoretical physicist specialising in quantum optics.
Walls gained a BSc in physics and mathematics and a first class honours...
Charles Wheatstone
Sir Charles Wheatstone /ˈwiːtstən/ FRS (6 February 1802 – 19 October 1875), was an English scientist and inventor of many scientific breakthroughs of the Victorian era, including the English concertin...
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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. Dr. O'Brien received numerous awards, including the Medal for Merit, the na...
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John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh
John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, OM, PRS (/ˈreɪli/; 12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was an English physicist who, with William Ramsay, discovered argon, an achievement for which he earne...
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Stephan W. Koch
Stephan W. Koch (born 23 May 1953) is a German theoretical physicist. He is professor at the University of Marburg and works on condensed-matter theory, many-body effects, and laser theory. He is best...
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Hermann Haken
Hermann Haken (born July 12, 1927 in Leipzig, Germany) is physicist and professor emeritus in theoretical physics at the University of Stuttgart. He is known as the founder of synergetics.
After ...
Warren J. Smith
Warren J. Smith was president of the Optical Society of America in 1980.Warren Smith is world-renowned in the optics community as author of two editions of Modern Optical Engineering - The Design of O...
Christiaan Huygens
Christiaan Huygens, FRS (/ˈhaɪɡənz/ or /ˈhɔɪɡənz/; [ˈɦœy̆ɣə(n)s]) (Latin: Hugenius) (14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695) was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an ...
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H. Jeff Kimble
H. Jeff Kimble (born April 23, 1949), is the William L. Valentine Professor and Professor of Physics at Caltech. His research is in quantum optics and is noted for groundbreaking experiments in physic...
Peter Zoller
Peter Zoller (born 16 September 1952) is a theoretical physicist from Austria. He is Professor at the University of Innsbruck and works on quantum optics and quantum information and is best known for ...
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Pierre-Michel Duffieux
Pierre-Michel Duffieux (1891–1976) was a French physicist, known as the founder of Fourier optics.
Duffieux became interested in physics by listening to the lectures of Pierre Duhem in high school...
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Planck's principle
In sociology of scientific knowledge, Planck's principle is the view that scientific change does not occur because individual scientists change their mind, but rather that successive generations of sc...
Susan Houde-Walter
Susan Houde-Walter was president of the Optical Society of America in 2005.Susan Houde-Walter has an undergraduate degree in studio arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the Institute of O...
Vladimir Shalaev
Vladimir M. Shalaev ((1957-02-18)18 February 1957), is the Robert and Anne Burnett Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. He spe...
William Nicol (geologist)
William Nicol FRSE (18 Apr 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.
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Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton (/ˈnjuːtən/; 25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/7) was an English physicist and mathematician (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recogni...
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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 partially coh...
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. He is a founding member of the Center for Quantum Information and C...
Bruce H. Billings
Bruce Hadley Billings (July 6, 1915 – October 21, 1992) was an American physicist. He was president of the Optical Society of America in 1971. and the Polaroid Corporation's chief physicist between 1...
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (born 1 April 1933) is a French physicist and Nobel Laureate. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips for research in methods of la...
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