The University of Southampton

David Shepherd named Optical Society Fellow

Published: 18 December 2012

Professor David Shepherd, Director of Physical and Applied Sciences Graduate School at Southampton has been made a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). David is being recognised for contributions to the development of solid-state lasers in guided-wave geometries. 

OSA Fellows are selected based on their overall impact on optics, as gauged through factors such as specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, technical leadership in the field, and service to OSA and the global optics community.

“On behalf of OSA, it is my pleasure to congratulate David on this special recognition of his outstanding accomplishments,” said OSA President Tony Heinz. “David joins a group of new Fellows located across the globe who are making are vital contributions to advancing optics and photonics worldwide.”

David said: “I feel very honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society and I’m very grateful to all the great researchers and PhD students that I have worked with over the last 27 years.”

OSA Members who have significantly contributed to the advancement of optics are eligible for election to the rank of Fellow. OSA’s Fellow Members Committee draws on nominations from current Fellow members and recommends candidates to the Board of Directors. This process is highly competitive, as the number of OSA Members recommended for election to Fellow each year is limited to less than 0.5 percent of the total OSA Membership.

More information OSA’s Fellow Members is available in the Awards and Grants section of OSA’s website.


About OSA

Uniting more than 180,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit

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