The History Exhibits feature special collections such as:
The Luminaries exhibit profiles significant OSA volunteers and leaders who have made tremendous contributions to the society and to the optics and photonics field.
Laser History Timeline
Walk through the important breakthroughs, innovations, articles, individuals, and events in the history of lasers.
Optics & Photonics Timeline
This timeline attempts to capture the important breakthroughs, innovations, articles, individuals and events in the history of optics and photonics.
LaserFest - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Laser
LaserFest was a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960, and is a colloaborative effort between the American Physical Society, the Optical Society, SPIE and IEEE Photonics Society.
OSA Centennial History Book
Preview the first chapter of the OSA Centennial History Book, a book celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Society in 2016.
Women in Optics
OSAHistory.org has collected photos, biographies, oral history interviews, and other resources featuring the amazing women who have helped to shape the field of optics.
Our history is a work in progress; new content is continually added to the site, and we encourage you to share your stories, photos and content suggestions with us. Please visit the Contribute page to submit your recommendations.