November 1, 2013

Dr. James C. Wyant to speak at Fall Wyant Lecture

Dr. James C. Wyant, Professor Emeritus of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, will speak on the topic of "Professor to Inventor to Entrepreneur: The Excitement of High-Tech Innovation" at the 13th installation of the Wyant Lecture Series on Monday, November 4th.

Dr. Wyant is the founding dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Along with his many academic achievements, he has served as a member and leader of optical science organizations including the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optics and Photonics. 

He has engaged in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, including the founding of two high-tech companies.  In recognition of his many accomplishments, the University of Arizona College of Business and Public Administration named him an Entrepreneurial Fellow.  He has also received Arizona's "Innovator of the Year" product award and the University of Arizona Technology Innovation Award.

He received a B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

The Wyant Lecture Series, which began in 2007, features speakers in the humanities, history and the arts. The Louise Doherty Wyant endowed professorship was established by Dr. Wyant and his wife, the late Louise Doherty Wyant '63 in honor of Sister Anne Cyril Delaney, SND. Sister Anne Cyril was a professor of English at Emmanuel for 26 years. Through her teaching and her intellectual breadth, Sister Anne Cyril exemplified the values and relevance of the humanities and had a profound influence on generations of students. To learn more about past Wyant Lectures, click here.

The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall. A reception will follow immediately after in the Fenway Room. To register, click here.