Forty years of image technology and vision research

In high school, I thought I might go to Columbia University and study journalism. However, an Optics Prize Scholarship sent me to the University of Rochester and that was the beginning of my career in optics and visual science. I came under the influence of Professor Brian O'Brien (Fig. 1), one of the movers and shakers in optical science. An alumnus of both Harvard and Yale, his inventions ranged from irradiated milk to military instruments. He studied waveguide effects in polystyrene models of retinal cone cells, scaled up 80,000 times to match the wavelength of the available K-band klystron.

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