Professor Christopher Dainty, US Optics Society
Appointment Date: 06.11.2008
Company: US Optics Society
The Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced that Professor Christopher Dainty of National University of Ireland, Galway has been elected as its 2009 vice-president. As vice-president, Dainty will automatically become president-elect in 2010, and then the society's president in 2011, followed by a one-year term as past president. Dainty holds the chair of applied physics in the School of Physics at NUI Galway, and has been active in the global optics community for several decades. He was recently elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy. A fellow of OSA, Dainty has been an OSA member since 1971. With widespread participation in OSA activities, he has been involved with topical meetings and awards, and has been a two-time past member of the board of directors. In addition, Dainty has provided technical expertise to the organsation’s initiatives as a member of the Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging Programme Committee, Adaptive Optics: Analysis and Methods Programme Committee, and the Signal Recovery and Synthesis Programme Committee. Dainty also served as the secretary-general and president of the International Commission for Optics, as well as the president of the European Optical Society. He currently is a member of the board of the European Technology Platform ‘Photonics 21’, and is also on the external/scientific advisory boards of The Center for Adaptive Optics (Santa Cruz) and The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Barcelona). His research interests include optical imaging, scattering and propagation. In these areas, he has co-authored or edited six books, approximately 140 peer-reviewed papers and 220 conference presentations.