One of the eye-catching holograms (above) which owes its creation to an invention in Rugby by Dennis Gabor
(left) who died in 1979.; SHIMMER...
was awarded the Physics Nobel Prize in 1971.
An early, and prolific producer of holographic stamps has been Hungary, perhaps because the father of holography, Dennis Gabor
, was Hungarian.
At Easter 1947 Dennis Gabor
conceived of wavefront reconstruction; in the autumn of that year his patent on this topic was applied for; in August 1948 his paper on microscopy by reconstructed wavefronts, which included the word 'hologram', was presented to the Royal Society, and in September 1948 he gave a demonstration of his new equipment to the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Rugby visit will be particularly appropriate as Dennis Gabor
was working in Rugby when he invented and then patented holography.
Photonics West also includes an enigmatic Holography Technical Event on the evening of January 22nd, which will mark the 60th anniversary of Dennis Gabor
's first papers on holography.
He never sought an award, yet his university (IIT Delhi) gave him its highest honour and SPIE awarded him its Dennis Gabor
According to Dennis Gabor
, he first thought of holography on Easter Day 1947.
Claus Cohnen, president of the 3D-Lab in Hamburg, Germany, is planning Holo-World, a major hologram exhibition to tour in 2006/07 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Dennis Gabor
's theory of holography, which he developed in 1947.
Many people in holography have long felt that Dennis Gabor
's Nobel Prize for inventing holography should have been shared with Emmett Leith and Yuri Denisyuk, the first the inventor of off-axis transmission holography and the second the inventor of reflection holography.
He was always an appreciated speaker at international conferences and organised several holographic symposia in Hungary, celebrating the memory of Dennis Gabor
. Greguss was the President of the Curatorium of the International Dennis Gabor
Award of the NOVOFER Foundation, recognising outstanding contributions from young scientists working in holography.
Dr Sean Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Science Studies, points out that the technology has been repeatedly recast, from its Spartan beginnings by Dennis Gabor
in 1947, to its revitalisation with lasers during the 1960s, to a boom of popular and artistic interest through the 1980s, to the closure of exhibitions and research groups, and holography's channelling to important commercial applications during the 1 990s.