May 15, 2008, William Rhodes

Four Centuries of Imaging Technology, 1607 – 2007

OSA Eastman Speaker 

The history of the development of imaging technology combines important elements from scientific research, materials development, technology generally, and economic forces. All are examined in this talk, which describes important developments from the time of Galileo through the most recent developments in microscopy, television, and ultrasound imaging.

William Rhodes

 WILLIAM T. RHODES is now Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Director of the Imaging TechnologyCenter at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1971, after completing his B.S., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University, he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he helped develop that university’s program in optics until 2005. 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, and information processing; he teaches in the areas of modern optics, communications, signal processing, and electronic imaging. He is coauthor of the textbook Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications and is currently writing a text on Principles of Fourier Optics. Between 1987 and 1993 he served as Editor/Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics, published by the Optical Society of America, and he now serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Springer-Verlag Optical Sciences series of monographs. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and recently served for a second time on the Board of Directors of the OSA.


DINNER reservations are required by noon, April 14, 2008, the Monday of the meeting. MEETING ONLY reservations are required by noon, April 17, 2008, the day of the meeting. 

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Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:30, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Dinner will include --- and coffee, tea, or milk.

Vegetarian option available on request 

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Members and their guests$25.00 each
Non-members$30.00 (See NOTE Below)

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