Jean M. Bennett


Jean M. Bennett
DiedJuly 18, 2008
Alma materPennsylvania State University
Known forThe first woman president of The Optical Society
Scientific career
InstitutionsNaval Air Warfare Center at China Lake

Jean M. Bennett (1930–2008) was the first woman president of The Optical Society in 1986.[1]

She died on July 18, 2008 in Ridgecrest, CA after a long illness. She was 78. Bennett received her PhD in physics from Pennsylvania State University in 1955, and spent most of her career at the Naval Weapons Center (now the Naval Air Warfare Center) at China Lake, CA.

Bennett was an editor for Applied Optics and Optics Express.[2]

In recognition for her contributions to the studies of optical surfaces OSA established the Jean Bennett Memorial Student Travel Grant.[3]

Awards and recognition

  • In 1994 she was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Naval Weapons Center and won their L.T.E. Thompson Award for scientific achievements in optics technology in 1988.
  • She received the David Richardson Medal from The Optical Society (OSA) in 1990 for her "sustained contributions to the studies of optical surfaces that have provided the optics community with a more thorough understanding of optical surface phenomenology and a meticulous methodology for surface characterization."[4] She also became an OSA Fellow in 1972.[5]
  • In 1988 the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology established the Jean Bennett Award, given annually to a senior for excellence in optics.
  • She received the SPIE Technology Achievement Award in 1983 for "the development of practical instrumentation for optical surface quality metrology, and for dedicated service and guidance to the optics industry."[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Optic Society of America. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20.
  2. ^ "Jean M. Bennett". OSA Living History. 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ "OSA Foundation Grants". The Optical Society.
  4. ^ "David Richardson Medal - The Optical Society Retrieved 24 September 2019".
  5. ^ "OSA Biographies". The Optical Society.
  6. ^ "Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award - SPIE". Retrieved 2019-09-24.

External links

  • Articles Published by early OSA Presidents Journal of the Optical Society of America
  • In Memorian: Jean M. Bennett