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William L. Wolfe, 1989 President of SPIE, encourages scientists from Eastern Europe
Author(s): Joanna Schmit
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Paper Abstract

In 1990 Professor Wolfe after his SPIE presidency trekked the world, even making it as far as post-communist Poland, to see (in the visible and maybe in infrared - who knows) the work of optical scientists hidden behind the iron curtain. I am not sure if he was ready for how different that world was at this time, but for sure he was very inquisitive and eager to learn about the nuances of Poland right after the fall of communism. He met, visited with and encouraged young and old scientists from Poland, Russia, Hungary and Lithuania to add their expertise to the scientific conversations happening in the West. His mission in Poland was to invite us all, and he was ready to help us achieve our dreams. I was one of those he encouraged. This talk is my personal reflection of Professor Wolfe as an encouraging and sometimes brave SPIE pioneer - a stranger in a strange land - and as an energetic, caring SPIE president, Optical Sciences professor and human being. Disclaimer: Professor Bill Wolfe’s contributions to the field of radiometry are well known and very well recognized. This conference is a tribute to him. However, my paper is not on radiometry; rather, I wish to illustrate the adventurous, caring and positive Bill Wolfe that helped me find my way to the American desert Southwest.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8483, Tribute to William Wolfe, 84830B (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.958602
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Joanna Schmit, Bruker Nano Surfaces Division, Tucson (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8483:
Tribute to William Wolfe
Mary G. Turner, Editor(s)

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