Roger Stolen ’59

stolenVisiting Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Clemson University

Roger Stolen received a bachelor of arts from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of California at Berkley, followed by post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto. In 1990, he was awarded the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) R.W. Wood Prize in recognition of pioneering studies in optical fibers, and in 2005 he received the Institute of Electrical Engineers/OSA John Tyndall Award for contributions that include the identification and understanding of the alteration in frequency and in the phase of light passing through a transparent optical fiber. The IEEE and OSA are two of the world’s leading professional associations for the advancement of technology. Recently, Stolen was elected to the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences as a foreign member. The Russian Academy of Sciences was established in 1724 and is recognized not only as the supreme scientific institution in Russia but as one of the most successful science academies in the world.

Stolen is a visiting professor in materials science and engineering at Clemson University. He works in the field of optics and is a faculty member at the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies. Stolen spent 30 years working for Bell Labs. He has been involved in fiber optics research since 1971. He was a professor of electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. before he retired.