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SPIE leaders tour photonics-rich Scotland

10 October 2012

SPIE President Eustace Dereniak (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona) toured photonics facilities and events in Scotland following the co-located SPIE Security + Defence and Remote Sensing symposia held in Edinburgh last month.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory houses the UK Astronomy Technology Centre as well as the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh; above, Dereniak at the front gate. 

Royal Observatory
Touring the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Dereniak met with (from left) Gillian Wright, SPIE Fellow Colin Cunningham, and Julian Dines. Wright will serve as Symposium Chair for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014 in Montréal.

Alhazen text, Crawford Library, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory's Crawford Library contains more than 11,000 centuries-old scientific books and manuscripts; above, a Latin translation of Alhazen's "Book of Optics."

European Optical Society meeting, Aberdeen

EOS meeting, Aberdeen
In Aberdeen, Dereniak gave a talk at the European Optical Society meeting, and joined others for dinner at Fyvie Castle, built in 1211 for the then-king of Scotland; above, from left, Dereniak with SPIE Member Seppo Honkanen (University of Eastern Finland), EOS President Paul Ubach (TU Delft), and SPIE Fellow Werner Jüptner (University of Aberdeen and Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik). 

Andrew Brown, Eustace Dereniak, Toyohiko Yatagai, Barbara Dereniak at Fyvie Castle
Also attending the dinner at Fyvie Castle were, from left, SPIE Senior Director for Global Business Development Andrew Brown, Dereniak, 2013 SPIE Vice President Toyohiko Yatagai (Utsunomiya University), and Barbara Dereniak.

University of St. Andrews

St. Andrews University SPIE Student Chapter
SPIE Student Chapter members and faculty at the University of St. Andrews met with Dereniak after hearing his paper on interferometry. From left, in front, are Peter Reader-Harris, Olena Kulyk, Helen Rendall, Bavishna Balagopal, Claire Mitchell, and Jonathan Nylk; in back, Blair Kirkpatrick, researcher/lecturer Graham Turnbull, Dereniak, Chapter Advisor and SPIE Fellow Kishan Dholakia, and Professor Wilson Sibbett.

David Stothard, Eustace Dereniak
David Stothard, above, a reseacher in hyperspectral imagery and spectroscopy, gave Dereniak a tour of his lab at St. Andrews.