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Worldwide optical community celebrates OSA centennial

April 2016 Number 107

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Worldwide optical community celebrates OSA centennial


In February 1916, the Executive Council of the Rochester Association for the Advancement of Applied Optics discussed plans for the organization of a national US optical society. Three months later, the Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America (OSA) was created, and in December, less than a year after the first officially recorded discussion on the subject, the new professional society held its first meeting, at Columbia University, under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The history of this Society, and of its many achievements during the following 100 years, can be enjoyed online.

As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding, OSA has created a centennial photo exhibit consisting of 100 iconic images representing a century of achievements in optics and photonics and highlighting the role played by OSA in those achievements. OSA has also prepared a book on the subject, OSA Century of Optics, which can be downloaded from the OSA Centennial Bookshelf webpage.

OSA joined the ICO as an international member society in 1999, shortly after a change in the ICO’s statutes allowed this category of membership. Since then, the ICO and OSA have frequently worked jointly on the promotion of optics and photonics worldwide.

The ICO Bureau will hold its 2016 annual meeting and help celebrate the OSA Centennial on the occasion of OSA's 100th annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2016, to be held 17–21 October at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.