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Editors-in-Chief's Biographies

John N. Howard
(served 1960-1987)
William T. Rhodes
(served 1987-1993)
John R. Murray
(served 1994-1999)
Glenn D. Boreman
(served 2000-2005)
James C. Wyant
(served 2006-2008)
Joseph N. Mait
(served 2009-present)

John N. Howard (served 1960-1987)

Dr. John N. Howard has been a member of the Society for 67 years. John joined OSA in 1944, and he was elected as a Fellow in 1961. He is the 1987 recipient of the OSA Distinguished Service Award. John continues to serve OSA as the editor of OPN's monthly column on the History of OSA. He is also a key contributor to the OSA History Project and a member of the OSA Presidential Advisory Committee.

Dr. Howard was born to British parents in Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A., but that he grew up in Florida. After he received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Florida, he worked in spectroscopy in Cleveland at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA. Dr. Howard then served in the Air Force for a time before returning to graduate school at Ohio State University. He received an M.Sc. in 1949 and a Ph.D. in 1954, both in molecular spectroscopy.

In 1954, he joined the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (AFCRL), which was later renamed the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory. His research interests were in infrared atmospheric transmission. Dr. Howard later headed the infrared physics branch, and in 1960, the optical physics division. In 1964, he became chief scientist of AFCRL, a post he held for 17 years.

From 1981 until 1987, Dr. Howard served as vice president and treasurer of the International Commission for Optics (ICO), and he compiled a brief history of ICO for its 50th anniversary. He also served on several OSA committees, and in 1960 he was appointed as the founding editor of Applied Optics (AO), the new, second journal of OSA. AO began in 1962 as a modest journal that published only six issues each year of about 100 pages each. However, it caught on rapidly, becoming a monthly a year later, a semi-monthly a few years after that, and, by the late-1980s, it was publishing 5,000 pages per year.

After serving in this role for 27 years, Dr. Howard finally retired in 1987, leaving AO in good hands and with excellent prospects for continued success and growth. (It has since doubled in size.) From 1983 until 1989, he also served as editor of Optics News, the predecessor to Optics & Photonics News, the magazine of the Optical Society. He described this gig as "a much calmer operation." In 1991, he served as OSA's president.

William T. Rhodes (served 1987-1993)

Dr. William T. Rhodes has been professor at Florida Atlantic University since 2005. In 1971, after completing his B.S., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University, he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he helped develop that university's program in optics. In 1976, he was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and during the period 1990-91 he held an appointment as Denver Business Challenge Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests include optical image formation and display, diffraction theory, imaging through turbulence, and information processing; he teaches in the areas of modern optics, optical engineering, electronic- medical- and bio-imaging, communications, and signals and systems. His current research activities include (a) secure communication by means of coherence modulation, (b) tomographic Fourier telescopy, and (c) high-resolution imaging through long horizontal-path atmospheric turbulence. He is coauthor of the textbook Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications and is currently working to complete a text on the Principles of Fourier Optics. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Springer-Verlag Optical Sciences series of monographs and Editor for the Springer Graduate Texts in Physics series. Between 1987 and 1993, he served as Editor/Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics and between 2010 and 2011 as Editor-in-Chief of SPIE Reviews. He is a Fellow of the OSA and the SPIE and has served on the boards of both societies.

John R. Murray (served 1994-1999)

Dr. John R. Murray was born in Camp White, Oregon, in 1943. He received BS and PhD degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and 1970. After two years in the US Army, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, where he worked in the laser fusion program until retiring in 2003. He worked on KrF and neodymium glass laser technology, including a major role in the design of the laser system for the National Ignition Facility at Livermore.

Dr. Murray began his association with OSA publications in 1984 as a Topical Editor for JOSA B. In 1991 he became a Divisional Editor for Applied Optics, and he served as Editor-in-Chief from 1993-1999. He was chairman of the OSA Publications Council from 2000-2002. He was elected a Fellow of OSA in 1993.

Glenn D. Boreman (served 2000-2005)

Dr. Glenn D. Boreman is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physics and Optical Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a BS from Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, and PhD from Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona. From 1984 to 2011, Dr. Boreman served on the faculty of University of Central Florida; for eight years he held the Trustee Chair Professorship in Optics, with 33 MS and 23 PhD students supervised to completion. Dr. Boreman's publications include more than 150 journal articles and three textbooks (Infrared Detectors and Systems, Basic Electro-Optics for Engineers, and Modulation Transfer Function in Electro-Optical Systems). His current research interests include infrared antennas and infrared metamaterials. He is a Fellow of OSA and SPIE. He has been involved with OSA editorial activities for 16 years. He served as a Topical Editor for Applied Optics from 1992-7, was Divisional Editor for Applied Optics —Optical Technology from 1998-2003, was Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics from 2000-2005, and since 2009 has served as an Associate Editor for Optics Express.

James C. Wyant (served 2006-2008)

Dr. James C. Wyant is professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, where he was Director (1999-2005) and Dean (2005-2012). He received a BS in physics from Case Western Reserve University and an MS and PhD in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Wyant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and the Optical Society of India and an Honorary Member of the Korean Optical Society. He was the 1986 President of SPIE and the 2010 President of OSA.

Dr. Wyant has also been involved in several entrepreneurial activities. He was a co-founder of the WYKO Corporation and 4D Technology and the president of WYKO (1984-1997), when the company was sold to Veeco Instruments. He has served on several boards of directors, including WYKO (chairman 1984-1997), ILX Lightwave (1989-2012), Veeco Instruments (1997-1999), Optics 1 (1999-2008), 4D Technology (chairman 2002-present) and the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University (2010-present).

Joseph N. Mait (served 2009-present)

Dr. Joseph N. Mait is a senior technical (ST) researcher in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where he has worked since 1989. He has had academic experience as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia and as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has also held visiting positions at the Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Optik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He received his BSEE from the University of Virginia in 1979 and received his graduate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his MSEE in 1980 and Ph.D. in 1985, under Bill Rhodes, a previous editor of Applied Optics.

Dr. Mait's research interests include sensors and the application of optics, photonics, and electro-magnetics to sensing and sensor signal processing. Particular research areas include diffractive optic design, integrated computational imaging systems, and signal processing.

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