Stanley S. Ballard (1908–1998[1]) was an American physicist, specializing in optics. He was president of the Optical Society of America in 1963[2] and of the American Association of Physics Teachers during 1968–69.[3] In 1986 he was awarded the Oersted Medal.[4] During World War II, Ballard served as a Commander in the United States Navy. From 1956 to 1959 he was the President of the International Commission for Optics.

Ballard obtained his Ph.D and M.Sc. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his undergraduate degree from Pomona College. He served on the faculties of several physics departments, including as chairman at Tufts University and the University of Florida.[4]

In 1954 he coauthored Physics Principles (with Edgar P. Slack and Erich Hausmann)[5]

In 1964 The Commission on College Physics published Polarized Light which he wrote with William Shurcliff. A reviewer noted the "straightforward, conversational style" and that "The treatment is mostly non-mathematical but touches on electromagnetic theory, the Poincaré sphere, Stokes vectors, and Mueller matrices with great clarity."[6]
See also

Optical Society of America#Past Presidents of the OSA


Rice, Jennifer M. (1998). "Stanley S. Ballard. 1908–1998. In Memoriam". Optics & Photonics News. 9 (6): 12. Bibcode:1998OptPN...9S..12R.
"Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Archived from the original on January 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
"AAPT Presidents". American Association of Physics Teachers. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
S. Rigden, John (1986). "American Association of Physics Teachers 1986 Oersted Medalist: Stanley S. Ballard". American Journal of Physics. 54 (8): 684. Bibcode:1986AmJPh..54..684R. doi:10.1119/1.14503.
Slack, Hausmann, & Ballard (1954) Physics Principles via Hathi Trust
Shurcliff, William A.; Ballard, Stanley S.; Page, Thornton (1965). "Book reviews: Polarized Light". American Journal of Physics. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). 33 (7): 590. doi:10.1119/1.1971972. ISSN 0002-9505.

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