Stephen Harris, Class of 1959, is our next inductee for his pioneering work in the science of light.
Stephen Harris has been recognized for his pioneering and profoundly influential contributions to the science of light. His groundbreaking research in nonlinear optics set the tone for a career of many firsts. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Harris is known for his work in the fields of lasers, quantum electronics, nonlinear optics, and atomic physics. Examples of his early contributions include the observation of parametric down conversion, the invention of the tunable acousto-optic filter, and the demonstration of laser induced collisions. His technique for making lasers that could operate without requiring a population inversion rewrote the textbooks on lasers, and led to the first observation of electromagnetically induced transparency and its use for nonlinear optics and slow light. With his successful demonstration in 1999 of significantly slowing the speed of light, a new field of optics was born. Among his many honors, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
To learn more about Stephen Harris, Class of 1959 and the other inductees be sure to check out the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Hall of Fame page: http://bit.ly/1ed9vr2