OSA Rochester Section

The Rochester Section of the Optical Society of America is a group of people in the optics industry interested in promoting the knowledge of optics for the local community.


In Memory of Steve Jacobs

OSA Rochester Section Honorary Member 


Dr. Stephen Jacobs received his B.S. in Optics and his Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester, and he remained at the University for his entire career, joining the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in 1975 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laser Development Group. After serving as a Research Associate at LLE in 1976, he was appointed to the position of Scientist at LLE in 1977, Group Leader for Optical Materials in 1980, and Senior Scientist in 1982. Dr. Jacobs also served as the Acting Director of LLE's Engineering Division from 1984-1990, Optical Engineering Department Head from 1990 - 2007 and was most recently serving as the Optical Materials Technology Department Head. He was appointed as a full Professor in both the Institute of Optics and the Department of Chemical Engineering (2000), as well as in Materials Science (2001). Dr. Jacobs authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and holds 17 patents covering a wide range of optical materials and devices. Dr. Jacobs was highly passionate about ensuring that young minds are exposed to, excited by and motivated towards careers in science and technology. He has served as thesis adviser for many students in Optics, Materials Science, and Chemical Engineering, and served as the Outreach Education Chair for the Optical Society of America Rochester, NY Section for over 15 years.


Stephen assed away peacefully on May 30, 2015 at age 67. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Leslie (Harris) Jacobs; sons, Aaron G. Jacobs & Jason A. (Ekaterine Giorgadze) Jacobs; grandson, Elijah Teplin-Jacobs; brother, Donald R. (Marsha) Jacobs; niece, Sasha (Ben) Lowry; nephew, Matthew Jacobs; many colleagues and friends.

Stephen will be remembered as being unconditionally loving and supportive as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.


*Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on June 1, 2015






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