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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Electric Blue
Favorite Food:
seafood, Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brisbane, Australia
Favorite Quote:
Work hard, play hard.

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1954
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Electric Blue
Favorite Food:
seafood, Chitterlings
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Brisbane, Australia
Favorite Quote:
Work hard, play hard.

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1954
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Physicist Anthony M. Johnson was born on May 23, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York to James W. Johnson and Helen Y. Johnson. He initially wanted to study math or chemistry in college until a teacher at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, New York introduced him to physics. Johnson attended the Polytechnic Institute of New York where he graduated magna cum laude with his B.S. degree in physics in 1975. He went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in physics from the City College of New York in 1981. Johnson conducted his thesis research at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey with support from the Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program.

Upon graduation, Johnson was hired at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey as a member of the technical staff in the Quantum Physics and Electronics Research Department. In 1988, Johnson was promoted as a distinguished member of Bell Labs technical staff; and, in 1990, he became part of the Photonic Circuits Research Department. Johnson joined the faculty of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1995 where he served as chairperson, distinguished professor of applied physics, and professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 2003, Johnson was named as Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research (CASPR). He was then appointed as professor of physics, computer science, and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) where his research focused on ultrafast optics and optoelectronics.

Johnson has authored two book chapters, over seventy scholarly articles, and he has been credited with four U.S. Patents. In addition, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Optics Letters from 1995 to 2001. Between 1991 and 2000, Johnson was elected as a Fellow into several academic and professional organizations, including the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was a 1992 Charter Fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). In 1993, Johnson received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Polytechnic University; and, in 1994, he was honored with the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award. The American Physical Society presented Johnson with the Edward A. Bouchet Award in 1996. In 2002, Johnson became the first African American to serve as president of the Optical Society of America.

Johnson is married to Dr. Adrienne S. Johnson. They have three adult children, Kimberly, Justin, and Brandon.

Anthony M. Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 201

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anthony Johnson describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Anthony Johnson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Anthony Johnson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Anthony Johnson talks about his interests as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Anthony Johnson describes becoming interested in physics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anthony Johnson talks about his elementary and junior high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson talks about his junior high and high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson remembers when the first astronaut was put on the moon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson describes his high school interest in science and science fiction
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson talks about his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson describes his decision to pursue his doctoral degree in physics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson describes being encouraged go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anthony Johnson describes his time at the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anthony Johnson talks about his summer at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anthony Johnson talks about his undergraduate research at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson describes his undergraduate research at Bell Laboratories and bachelor's thesis pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson describes his undergraduate research at Bell Laboratories and bachelor's thesis pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson describes his graduate education at Bell Laboratories and the City University of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson describes his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson describes being hired by Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anthony Johnson talks about his first experience with the Optical Society of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson describes his research at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson talks about the affirmative action program at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson reflects on his career at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson describes his involvement in his professional organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson talks about his patents at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson talks about the low numbers of African American physics doctorates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Anthony Johnson describes his transition from Bell Laboratories to the New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Anthony Johnson talks about African American graduate students in physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Anthony Johnson describes his transition from the New Jersey Institute of Technology to the University of Maryland Baltimore County pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson describes his transition from the New Jersey Institute of Technology to the University of Maryland Baltimore County pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson talks about the Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson talks about measuring light and the non-linearity of fibers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson describes the quantum cascade laser
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson talks about the future of laser technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson talks about the limitations of short pulses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Anthony Johnson talks about the minority programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Anthony Johnson talks about the physics department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Anthony Johnson talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Anthony Johnson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Anthony Johnson reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Anthony Johnson talks about the encouragement of his parents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Anthony Johnson talks about how he would like to be remembered