OSA | HISTORY
After obtaining his degree, Ives
worked at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) for a year, then spent three
years at the GE Nela Park Laboratory
and six at the United Gas Improvement
Co. of Philadelphia. His papers were on
photometry, colorimetry and vision. In
late 1917, R.A. Millikan asked him to
come to Washington to meet with him.
Millikan asked him to join the army to
perform war research as a captain in the
Signal Corps. He worked until 1919 on
developing cameras that could withstand the vibrations of airplanes. After
the war he joined the engineering department of the Western Electric Co. (later
renamed Bell Telephone Laboratory),
and by the 1930s he had become director
of research. He remained at Bell Labs
until obligatory retirement at age 65.
Ives was a charter member of OSA.
Of his more than 120 papers scattered
over many fields, 67 appeared in JOSA,
In 1912, 26-year-old
Irwin G. Priest used a
to measure the wave-
lengths of radiation
from a discharge tube
chiefly relating to television or relativity.
He also wrote on the optical constants
of the salts of sodium and potassium.
He endowed the OSA Frederic Ives
medal, named for his father, and he was
himself a recipient of the medal in 1937.
He died Nov. 15, 1953.
William Elmer Forsythe
William Elmer Forsythe was born in
Ohio in 1881 and graduated from Denison University. He then completed his
doctorate on blackbody radiation under
Charles Mendenhall at the University of
Wisconsin before joining the Nela Park
Research Laboratory of the General
Electric Company in Cleveland in 1913.
By 1924, he was director of research,
and he remained at Nela Park until he
retired in 1946. His specialty was in
temperature radiation measurements.
He did much of the determination of
the physical characteristics of tungsten
wire as used in incandescent bulbs. He
wrote a book called Measurement of Radiant Energy, and another on Fluorescent
and Other Gaseous Discharge Lamps. He
is probably best known as the compiler
and editor of the Smithsonian Physical
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