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SPIE CEO Arthurs to Retire in January

Photonics Spectra
Sep 2017
BELLINGHAM, Wash., and CARDIFF, U.K. — Eugene Arthurs has announced his intention to retire as CEO of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, effective January 2018.

Eugene ArthursArthurs became an SPIE member in 1972 while still living in his native Ireland. After immigrating to the United States in 1980, he joined Quantronix Corp., leading the development of laser applications and managing its business for the semiconductor equipment market.

From 1983 to 1997, Arthurs served as vice president of technology and marketing of Oriel Corp., becoming president of the company in 1991. In 1996, ThermoElectron Corp. acquired Oriel and Arthurs became involved in Thermo's growth-by-acquisition activities. Arthurs played an active role on the boards of Oriel Scientific Ltd. and LOT Oriel GmBH, and was a founder of Andor Technology Ltd.

After leaving Oriel, Arthurs joined Cleveland Crystals Inc. (CCI) as CEO. After reorganizing CCI, he led the sale of the company to Gooch & Housego PLC in 1998.

He joined the SPIE staff as executive director in November 1999.

Arthurs received his B.Sc. with honors in physics and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

SPIE is an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library.

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