Adolph Lomb: Patronage, Industry and Optics in Early 20th-Century America

Victoria N. Meyer

Adolph Lomb did not make any major discoveries or publish original works; yet his influence on early 20th century optics was monumental. Reminiscent of the wealthy princes and patrons of the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, he advanced optics by generously supporting the field—and the Society devoted to it.


figureAdolph Lomb, circa 1915.

Most OSA members are familiar with the name Adolph Lomb due to the medal awarded annually by the Optical Society in his name. Some may also know him as a charter member of the Society and the eldest son of Bausch + Lomb Optical Company’s co-founder, Captain Henry Lomb.

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