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Optical Design & Engineering

In memoriam: William P. Strickland, thin-film pioneer

24 March 2010

William P. Strickland, a pioneer in optics and thin films died last month at the age of 92. A former member of SPIE, Strickland was involved in the development of the optical coating industry since the 1930s. He developed optics and coatings for the renowned Simpson Optical Co. in Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. He ultimately founded Brysen Optical Co. in Safety Harbor, Fla. He continued his work and developed new processing techniques even into his 80s.

Strickland began his optics career working with early thin films researcher Dr. George S. Monk at the University of Chicago in the 1930s. He was involved in the development of early 3-color separation systems for cinema cameras at Prizmacolor Corp. and spent some time in Hollywood demonstrating it. From there he moved to the Simpson Optical Manufacturing Co, where he worked on Simpson's technical staff in a team that would produce other leaders in the optics field such as Warren J. Smith.

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