American Optical History  -
AO Fiber Optics

A look back at the IEEE Fiber Optics Plaque Dedication ceremonies -
Friday, Oct 26th, 2012

Read Melinda Rose Photonics.com article on this event





Shown above, Photonics video of the IEEE event followed by Dick Whitney Photos


Unveiling the plaque
(Gordon Day IEEE President, Helen Paret, daughter of Eli Snitzer)


Jeff Hecht giving Will  Hicks a plaque from the Optical Heritage Museum/ IEEE which stated:



Southbridge Town Manager Christopher Clark, State Senator Moore, Rep Durant, Jeff Hecht




Gordon Day (President of IEEE 2nd from left), Dick Whitney and James Coleman (IEEE past President) R Rear,
Joined by Elias Snitzer Family


Dick Whitney gives AO History overview in the Hotel Prism Auditorium


Jeff Hecht (Author of City of Light) gives a terrific detailed historical view
of  early Fiber Optics; download pdf of Jeff's presentation. (3mb pdf)

Below Jeff Hecht with his book "City of Light".



Jeff signs my copy of his book City of Light


Thea Marcoux at Schott Fiber Optics display set up for this event


IEEE Event Group in front of AO R&D Building where Mike Todd/ Oscar Hammerstein
were photographed by Life Magazine for Todd AO

 
The AO Grounds tour, given by Dick Whitney, pauses to view the last AO Signs on the Southbridge Grounds


Sunset on the AO Grounds - Oct 26th, 2012 Dick Whitney photo


Southbridge News coverage of the IEEE Oct 26th, 2012 event


 Margaret Morrissey's photo-bucket event photos

http://s913.photobucket.com/albums/ac335/jelibrary/IEEE%20Milestone%20in%20memory%20of%20%20Dr%20Elias%20Snitzer/

 


The First Optical Fiber Laser and Amplifier, 1961-1964

In 1961, Elias Snitzer and colleagues constructed and operated the world's first optical fiber laser in the former AO complex at 14 Mechanic Street. Three years later this team demonstrated the first optical fiber amplifier. Fiber lasers that can cut and weld steel have since become powerful industrial tools and fiber amplifiers now routinely boost signals in the global optical fiber network allowing messages to cross oceans and continents without interruption

http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestone-Nomination:First_Optical_Fiber_Laser_and_Amplifier




In Memory of Dr. Elias Snitzer  - Fiber Optics Pioneer
Download obit

About Will Hicks and Fiber optics

Will's work at American Optical included the first fused fiber bundles, used for medical imaging and image scramblers, and the first fiber-optic faceplates, used in image intensifiers.
He also drew the first single-mode fibers (as part of fused fiber bundles). In summary,  Will Hicks began his long career of fiber-optic invention at American Optical in Southbridge MA, where he made the first fused fiber bundles, used for medical imaging and fiber-optic bundles, and drew the first single-mode fibers. 

 

- Best, Jeff Hecht


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