Joseph A. Izatt, 1962–2024

Adam Wax

Remembering a brilliant engineer whose kindness and humility set him apart.

Joseph Izatt portrait[Duke University / Pratt School of Engineering]

Joseph Izatt, the chairman of the biomedical engineering department at Duke University, USA, and a prominent figure in the field of optical coherence tomography, died on 7 April 2024, after a health emergency occurred while he was flying his plane near Raleigh-­Durham airport. His passing was unexpected, and his friends, family and the optics community are profoundly feeling this loss.

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