SPIE Fellow Joseph L. Horner died at age 73 on March 7, 2008, following a battle with cancer.
Horner received 28 patents, and was a Fellow of SPIE and the Optical Society of America. He retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory in 1999 as Chief of the Optical Signal Processing Branch.
Horner received his Bachelor's degree from Haverford College, his Master's degree from Bryn Mawr College, and his PhD from the University of Michigan, all in Physics.
After receiving his PhD he went to Boston where he worked at the NASA Center in Kendall Square. After six years there, he went to Polaroid Corporation where he was a consultant, reporting directly to Dr. Edwin Land. In 1978 he joined the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory at Hanscom Field, now the Air Force Research Lab. While there he published 128 papers and edited two books. He received numerous awards, including the Inventor of the Year award from the Inventors' Association of New England, and the Air Force Basic Research Award for outstanding scientific achievement.
His lifelong interests included music, tennis, and volunteer work. The violin was his main instrument although he took up the viola in mid-life. He played in community orchestras and did much chamber music. He was Concert Master of the Cambridge Orchestra for eight years.
He is survived by his wife Matina, three children and two grandchildren. Donations in his memory can be made to the Belmont Council on Aging, 23 Oakley Rd., Belmont, MA 02478 or the Longy School of Music, One Follen St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
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