Gooch & Housego: Building upon History

Alexandre Y. Fong

From small-town shop to global photonics leader, Gooch & Housego has evolved over six decades through a series of smart product developments and strategic acquisitions.


Gooch & Housego’s headquarters in Ilminster, England.

When Gooch & Housego was founded 64 years ago in a quiet British town, no one could have envisioned the modern global corporation it would become. Founders Archie Gooch and Leslie Housego, who had worked with quartz crystal-based radio in World War II, began with a modest optics fabrication shop and led the company through many decades of steady growth. Today, the company is a central player in the photonics industry.

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