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Prof. Nestor Gaggioli

ICO mourns the passing away of Prof. Néstor Gaggioli

photo Néstor Gaggioli, an Argentinean scientist devoted to Optics and Photonics passed away on January 22, 2014. Néstor was actively involved in the Optical Community, serving over the years as Vice-president of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) between 2002 and 2005. Vice-president of the Argentine chapter of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE),President of the Latin-American Federation of Physical Societies (FELASOFI), President of the Argentine Physics Association (AFA), member of the Argentine Territorial Committee on Optics, member of the Group for Science and Technology State Policy Steering Committee of Argentine, and member of the ICO Galileo Galilei Award Committee 2006.   

He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1976, receiving his PhD in Physics. His postgraduate studies were in France. During his career, as a member of the Argentinean Research Council, he published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and presented over 150 contributions in national and international conference proceedings. He delivered around 100 talks in national and international events related to his field of expertise, and some of them regarding science policy, both in Argentina and abroad.

Néstor was highly involved in the areas of Optics, Metrology, Acoustics, Holography, Interferometry, Speckle, Lasers and Optical Sensors, Optical Methods for Processing Control and Non-destructive Testing. Among his relevant contributions, together with other co-workers, we may mention the construction of the first He-Ne laser in Latin-American (1964), together with the first audio and video transmissions using a He-Ne laser (1964).

He founded the Optics Laboratory at the National Institute for Industrial Technology, and was Director of the Group of applied research in non-destructive testing in the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina.

Néstor was a beloved colleague and partner, and was a passionate promoter of the development of a national scientific policy specifically oriented to address the country needs. Particularly, he was engaged with the development and application of Optics and Photonics in Argentina and Latin-American, which he consequently followed during his appointment at ICO.

He was a guide to all of us in human, scientific, and political aspects. Above all, he paved a road to regroup us, share experiences and fight for our ideals.

ICO Territorial Committee, Argentina