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Emil Wolf, Optics pioneer, dies at 9o

Emil Wolf, a former Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and a pioneer of optics, has died at age 95.

Wolf is regarded as the principal founder of the areas of optical coherence and partial polarization. He also made many significant contributions to optical propagation, diffraction, and inverse scattering. His books Principles of Optics (with Nobel Laureate Max Born) and Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics 1995 (with Leonard Mandel) are classics that have educated and inspired many generations of optics students and scientists.

A longtime professor at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Wolf held several appointments at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, including Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1998, Provost’s Distinguished Professor in 2002 to 2007, and Courtesy Professor of Optics & Photonic since 2007.

Wolf received numerous international accolades, including the Frederic Ives Medal - the highest award of the Optical Society (OSA), the Michelson Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Marconi Medal of the Italian National Research Council, and the Gold Medal of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science. He was also an honorary member of many international societies, including OSA for which he served as president in 1978.

University of Rochester press realease: Emil Wolf, pioneer of optical physics, dies at 95

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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