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OSA Award Renamed in Honor of Paul F. Forman

Photonics.com
Dec 2007
PaulForman.jpgThe Optical Society of America (OSA) Foundation announced it has renamed its annual Engineering Excellence Award as the Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award to honor optical engineering contributions by the late Paul F. Forman, cofounder of Zygo Corp. and OSA fellow. Forman, who died Nov. 17, received his BS from the University of Rochester. After graduation, he worked as an optical engineer at Perkin Elmer with Carl Zanoni and Sol Laufer; in 1970 the trio cofounded Zygo, a manufacturer of optical systems and components for metrology and end-user applications. Forman retired from the company in 1993 and then served as chairman emeritus. He was the recipient of many awards, including OSA's Edwin H. Land Medal, NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award (for the retroreflector array used on the first lunar landing) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Precision Engineering. He served two terms on the OSA board of directors, played a role in the creation of the OSA Foundation and championed the development of the Engineering Excellence Award in 1989 to increase the visibility of optical engineers. "Paul's contributions to the field of optical engineering -- in both the research and business arenas -- spanned more than 50 years," said Thomas Baer, OSA vice president. "It is our honor to recognize his legacy of industry achievements and his instrumental role in the establishment of this award by naming it after him." Zygo has contributed $50,000 toward a financial stipend to accompany the honor; the OSA Foundation said it will launch a fundraising campaign in support of the award, which is presented each fall during the OSA annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics.



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metrology
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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