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David D. Nolte

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David Nolte
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Ph.D., 1988, Physics, University of California, Berkeley 
B.A., 1981, Physics, Cornell University

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Adaptive optics and Biophotonics group under the direction of Prof. David. D. Nolte
Adaptive optics and Biophotonics group under the direction of Prof. David. D. Nolte


Short Bio Sketch:

David D. Nolte, the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University, is an internationally recognized researcher in holography and interferometry.  He received his baccalaureate from Cornell University in 1981 and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988.  He is the author of over 200 journal papers, has written 14 book chapters or encyclopedia articles, has secured 24 US patents in interferometric optics and biophotonics, and is a technical founder of two start-up companies based on biological applications of interferometric detectors.

David has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.  He was a Research Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and a Presidential Young Investigator of the National Science Foundation.  In 2005 he received the Herbert Newby McCoy Award from Purdue University. 

David is the author of the advanced textbook Optical Interferometry for Biology and Medicine (Springer, 2011) that explains the physics of optical interferometers and helped establish him as a world leader in the science of interferometry.  His trade nonfiction book Mind at Light Speed: A New Kind of Intelligence (Simon&Schuster: Free Press, 2001) is an account of the fiber optic telecommunication revolution.  He is also the author of the general-interest book Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything (Oxford, 2018) on the history of dynamics.  He published the undergraduate textbook Introduction to Modern Dynamics: Chaos, Networks, Space and Time 2nd edition (Oxford, 2019).  He has been interviewed on public radio and TV, as well as by science magazines, on the topics of his scientific research.


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