Celebrating the Memory...

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    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Celebrating the Memory of Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson

    Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the College of Optical SciencesFranken Conference Room (Meinel 821) to celebrate and honor Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, Ph.D. (OSC 1980), the 2015 University of Arizona Alumnus of the Year for the College of Optical Sciences. All are welcome.

    “My interest in optics came from an attraction to astronomy. While pursuing an undergraduate degree, I took introductory and then graduate college courses in astronomy from a professor who had worked on the Manhattan Project and knew famous physicists like Gamow and Feynman and told great stories,” Kevin explained, having earned a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in both Physics and Astrophysics as a result. “From that experience, I decided that designing instruments for astronomers would be interesting. Then, when I learned that there were only two schools in the United States offering graduate degrees in optics. I applied to both – and went to the one with the most telescopes. I made a number of close friends during my time at the College of Optical Sciences and have stayed in touch with them for more than 35 years.”  

    - Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, 2015 University of Arizona Alumnus of the Year for the College of Optical Sciences