Rogers Hall Stolen, Ph.D.

Title: Optics Scientist
Company: Clemson University
Location: Gallatin, Tennessee, United States

Rogers Hall Stolen, Ph.D., Optics Scientist at Clemson University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in optical fibers.

With more than 50 years of professional excellence, Dr. Stolen is a prominent optics scientist who has proven himself to be a pioneer in his industry. Serving as a consultant with Clemson University since 2005, he has conducted a plethora of research in the nonlinear properties of optical fibers, the polarization of preserving optical fibers, and light scattering in glass. Prior to this illustrious role, he was a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Science in 2009, a member of the technology staff of solid state optics with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, from 1966 to 1998, and a fellow of the University of Toronto from 1964 to 1966. He was additionally involved with the Virginia Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2005.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Stolen pursued a formal education at St. Olaf College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. He subsequently attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1965. When he was a child, he enjoyed dissecting television sets and putting them back together, and he subsequently became interested in physics. Becoming involved in infrared spectroscopy during his time at the University of California, Berkeley, he subsequently moved onto laser science during his fellowship at the University of Toronto.

A member of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, Dr. Stolen was also briefly associated with the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, he was the recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America in 1990 and the John Tyndall Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society in 2005. However, the highlight of his career was witnessing the first nonlinear effect in an optical fiber. Married with one son, Dr. Stolen enjoys listening to old-time music in his spare time.

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