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The Optical Society (OSA) is a professional association of individuals and companies with an interest in optics and photonics. It publishes journals, and organizes conferences and exhibitions. In 2019 it had about 22,000 members in more than 100 countries, including some 300 companies.[2][3]


OSA was founded in 1916 as the "Optical Society of America", under the leadership of Perley G. Nutting,[4] with 30 optical scientists and instrument makers based in Rochester, New York. It soon published its first journal of research results and established an annual meeting.[5][6] The first local section was established in Rochester, New York in 1916, and the Journal of the Optical Society of America was created in 1918.[6] The first series of joint meetings with the American Physical Society was in 1918.[6] In 2008 it changed its name to The Optical Society (OSA).[7]
Scientific publishing
Main category: The Optical Society academic journals

The society publishes a number of journals and a magazine.
Primary journals

Advances in Optics and Photonics, ISSN 1943-8206; 2009–Present - Publishing long review articles and tutorials.
Applied Optics, ISSN 1559-128X (print); ISSN 2155-3165 (online); 1962–Present - Covering optical applications-centered research.
Biomedical Optics Express, ISSN 2156-7085; 2010–Present - An open access journal covering optics, photonics and imaging in the life sciences.
Journal of the Optical Society of America, 1917–1983,[8] which was split into two journals in 1984:
Journal of the Optical Society of America A, ISSN 1084-7529 (print); ISSN 1520-8532 (online); 1984–Present - Covering research on optics, image science, and vision.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B, ISSN 0740-3224 (print); ISSN 1520-8540 (online); 1984–Present - Covering research on optical physics
Optica, ISSN 2334-2536; 2014–Present - Rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics.[9]
Optical Materials Express, ISSN 2159-3930; 2011–Present - An open access journal covering advances in novel optical materials, their properties, modeling, synthesis and fabrication techniques.
Optics Express, ISSN 1094-4087; 1997–Present - An open access journal covering all areas of optics.
Optics Letters, ISSN 0146-9592 (print); ISSN 1539-4794 (online); 1977–Present - Providing rapid publication of short papers in all fields of optical science and technology.
OSA Continuum, ISSN 2578-7519; 2018–Present – An open access journal providing rapid publication of papers in optics and photonics

Partnered journals

Applied Spectroscopy, 1951–present. Published by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
Chinese Optics Letters, 2003–present. Published by Chinese Laser Press.
Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, 2009–present. Jointly published by OSA and IEEE. Published from 2002-2009 as Journal of Optical Networking.
Journal of Display Technology, 2005–2016. Jointly published by OSA and IEEE.
Journal of Lightwave Technology, 1998–present. Jointly published by OSA and IEEE.
Journal of Optical Technology, 1999–present. English translation of Opticheskii Zhurnal published by the S. I. Vavilov State Optical Institute.
Journal of Optical Society of Korea, 2007–present. Published by the Optical Society of Korea.
Photonics Research, 2013–present. Jointly published by OSA and Chinese Laser Press.


Optics and Photonics News, 1975–present. Distributed to all members.

The Optical Society presents awards and honors, including OSA Fellow, Honorary Membership, and Awards/Medals. OSA's awards and medals program is endowed through the OSA Foundation (OSAF), and includes more than 20 named awards; among them are the following:[10]

Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize
Esther Hoffman Beller Medal
Max Born Award
Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award
Michael Stephen Feld Biophotonics Award
Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award
Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize
The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
Nick Holonyak Jr. Award
Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award
Sang Soo Lee Award
Emmett N. Leith Medal
Edwin H. Land Medal
Ellis R. Lippincott Award
Adolph Lomb Medal
C.E.K. Mees Medal
William F. Meggers Award in Spectroscopy
David Richardson Medal
Edgar D. Tillyer Award
Charles Hard Townes Award
John Tyndall Award
Herbert Walther Award
R. W. Wood Prize

OSA presidents

The following persons are or have been presidents of the society:[11]

1916–1917: Perley G. Nutting
1918–1919: Frederick Eugene Wright
1920: Floyd K. Richtmyer
1921: James P. C. Southall
1922–1923: Leonard T. Troland
1924–1925: Herbert E. Ives
1926–1927: William E. Forsythe
1928–1929: Irwin G. Priest
1930–1931: Loyd A. Jones
1932: Eugene C. Crittenden
1933–1934: Wilbur B. Rayton
1935–1936: Arthur C. Hardy
1937–1938: Roswell Clifton Gibbs
1939–1940: Kasson S. Gibson
1941–1942: Archie G. Worthing
1943–1944: August H. Pfund
1945–1946: George R. Harrison
1947–1948: Rudolf Kingslake
1949–1950: William F. Meggers
1951–1952: Brian O'Brien
1953–1954: Deane B. Judd
1955–1957: Ralph A. Sawyer
1958: Irving C. Gardner
1959: John D. Strong
1960: James G. Baker
1961: Wallace R. Brode
1962: David MacAdam
1963: Stanley S. Ballard
1964: Richard C. Lord
1965: Seibert Q. Duntley
1966: Van Zandt Williams
1967: John A. Sanderson
1968: Arthur F. Turner
1969: Karl G. Kessler
1970: W. Lewis Hyde
1971: Bruce H. Billings
1972: Aden B. Meinel
1973: Robert E. Hopkins
1974: F. Dow Smith
1975: Arthur L. Schawlow
1976: Boris P. Stoicheff
1977: Peter Franken
1978: Emil Wolf
1979: Dudley Williams
1980: Warren J. Smith
1981: Anthony J. DeMaria
1982: Robert P. Madden
1983: Kenneth M. Baird
1984: Donald R. Herriott
1985: Robert R. Shannon
1986: Jean M. Bennett
1987: Robert G. Greenler
1988: William B. Bridges
1989: Herwig Kogelnik
1990: Richard L. Abrams
1991: John N. Howard
1992: Joseph W. Goodman
1993: Elsa M. Garmire
1994: Robert L. Byer
1995: Tingye Li
1996: Duncan T. Moore
1997: Janet S. Fender
1998: Gary C. Bjorklund
1999: Anthony E. Siegman
2000: Erich P. Ippen
2001: Richard C. Powell
2002: Anthony M. Johnson
2003: G. Michael Morris
2004: Peter L. Knight
2005: Susan Houde-Walter
2006: Eric Van Stryland
2007: Joseph H. Eberly
2008: Rod C. Alferness
2009: Thomas M. Baer
2010: James C. Wyant
2011: Christopher Dainty
2012: Tony Heinz
2013: Donna Strickland
2014: Philip H. Bucksbaum
2015: Philip St. John Russell
2016: Alan E. Willner
2017: Eric Mazur
2018: Ian Walmsley

See also

American Institute of Physics
American Physical Society
European Photonics Industry Consortium
International Commission for Optics
Optics Classification and Indexing Scheme
Society for Imaging Science and Technology


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External links

Official website Edit this at Wikidata
The Inter-Society Color Council records at Hagley Museum and Library (contain materials from the Optical Society of America including annual meeting programs, reports issued by the Committee on Colorimetry, and issues of the Society's official publication, the Journal of the Optical Society of America.)

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