Donald R. Herriott

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Donald R. Herriott
Scientific career

Donald R. Herriott (died 8 November 2007)[1] was president of the Optical Society of America in 1984.[2]

Herriott studied physics at Duke University, later optics at the University of Rochester, followed by electrical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1949, he joined the Bausch & Lomb Optical Company. His initial research involved thin films, interferometry, and measurement of the modulation transfer function of lenses. In 1956, he joined Bell Telephone Laboratories where he was involved in development of the flying-spot store, used in the first electronic switching system. He collaborated with Ali Javan and his colleagues in the development of the first gas laser. His subsequent research involved creating various interferometers using the laser.[3]:46

Herriott received the 1981 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award.

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  1. ^ Sun Chronicle obituary retrieved 26 August 2010
  2. ^ "Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Optical Society of America. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20.
  3. ^ THE AUTHORS. (1968). Scientific American, 219(3), 41-49.

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