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Your online profile says you were the first female regular faculty member of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. You completed your undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College, which has a reputation as a school of humanities. How did you bridge science and humanities, and why optics?
It’s true that I was brought up as an artist. I was exploring a new medium — holography — but I quickly became enamored with the science. Optical science opened the world for me.
You’ve had a very distinguished entrepreneurial career that spans optics, lasers, and the defense industry. And congratulations on your recent National Women’s Hall of Fame Keeper of the Flame…