James C. Wyant


James Clair Wyant is professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona where he was Director (1999–2005)[1] and Dean (2005–2012).[2] He received a B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University and M.S. and Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester.[3]

James C. Wyant
Alma materUniversity of Rochester
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona
ThesisEffect of the photographic gamma on hologram reconstructions (1968)
Doctoral advisorM. Parker Givens


He was a founder of the WYKO Corporation and served as its president and board chairman from 1984 to 1997[4] and he was a founder of the 4D Technology Corporation and currently serves as its board chairman.[5] Wyant is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America), SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics), and the Optical Society of India, an honorary member of the Optical Society of Korea,[6] and former editor-in-chief of the OSA journal Applied Optics.[3] He was the 2010 president of OSA[7] and the 1986 president of SPIE.[8] Since 2010 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University.[9] In April of 2019, the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona was renamed to be the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences in his honor. [10]



  1. ^ "Wyant Named Director of Optical Sciences Center". Photonics Spectra. Photonics.com.
  2. ^ Casanova, Stephanie. "Farewell Reception Honors Dean". Arizona Daily Wildcat.
  3. ^ a b c "Keynote Speakers". IONS Project. The International OSA Network of Students.
  4. ^ Wyant, James C. "How to Start a Start-Up". Nature.
  5. ^ "4 D Technology Corporation". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  6. ^ University Communications. "Founding Optical Sciences Dean Jim Wyant Steps Down". University of Arizona News.
  7. ^ Sorenson, Dan. "UA Optics Dean Honored". Arizona Daily Star.
  8. ^ "Business Briefs". Newsdesk. Optics.org.
  9. ^ Finley, Kimyette. "Case Western Reserve University Receives $4 Million Commitment to Name Planned New Multi-Functional Field House". News Center. Case Western Reserve University. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ Wills, Stuart (25 February 2019). "Arizona Optical Science College Renamed to Honor James Wyant". Optics and Photonics News.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "James Wyant to Receive the AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arizona Technology Council's 2019 Governor's". Bloomberg.com. 2019-10-10. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  12. ^ "Visionary Award - SPIE". spie.org. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  13. ^ "StackPath". www.laserfocusworld.com. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  14. ^ "James C. Wyant elected to OSA office | SPIE Homepage: SPIE". spie.org. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  15. ^ "SPIE Optics and Photonics 2010 Event News and Photos". spie.org. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  16. ^ "In the News". Watt's Up: The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter. The University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-02-27.