- Late Professor Leonard Mandel: Pioneer in the field of quantum optics, first demonstrated photon self interference, discovered the Mandel Formula.
- Late Professor Rudolf Kingslake: Pioneer in the field of lens design, founding faculty member.
- Late Professor Robert E. Hopkins: Pioneer in the field of optical engineering, former director and founder of Tropel Corporation.
- Professor Emil Wolf: Pioneer in the field of coherence theory and quantum optics, predicted the Wolf Effect.
- Professor Robert W. Boyd: Pioneer in the field of non-linear optics.
- Professor Joseph H. Eberly: Pioneer in the field of quantum optics and former President of the Optical Society of America.
- Professor Carlos Stroud: Pioneer in the field of quantum optics and Quantum Information.
- Professor James Zavislan: Director of the Center for Institute Ventures
- Professor Lukas Novotny: Pioneer in nano-optics.
- Professor Chunlei Guo: Pioneer in femtosecond laser processing of materials.
- Professor Thomas G. Brown: Director of the Robert E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering.
- Professor Wayne H. Knox: Current Director of the Institute of Optics, former Director of the Advanced Photonics Research Department at Bell Labs
- Adjunct Professor Ian Walmsley: Co-invented Spectral phase interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction (SPIDER) while at Rochester, current Chair of the University of Oxford Department of Physics.
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