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In Memoriam: Stephen F. Jacobs

SPIE Newsroom
28 February 2019

Stephen F. Jacobs, Professor Emeritus, Universoty of ArizonaProfessor Emeritus of Optical Sciences Stephen F. Jacobs passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday, 24 February 2019.

Jacobs joined the Optical Sciences Center at University of Arizona (UA) in 1965-at the request of Aden Meinel for a laser scientist to join himself, Roland Shack, and Bob Noble in Tucson. Jacobs will be remembered for his dedication to teaching and his creative ways of sharing his excitement for optics.

"We all have very fond memories of Steve," said Thomas Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences at UA. "In addition to his enormous contributions to the early days of laser physics and the field of Quantum Electronics, he was an energetic and influential contributor to the early foundations of OSC. Steve's many innovative contributions to scientific outreach in optics over the years were also appreciated by all."

In memory of Jacobs and his family, the College of Optical Sciences will respectfully offer a Remembrance Ceremony in his honor on Friday, March 22, 2019, 3:00-6:00 pm, Franken Conference Room (Meinel 821). In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

Read the full obituary from UA and Reflections: Stephen F. Jacobs