In Memoriam: Jerrold Zimmerman

10 February 2020

SPIE Fellow Jerrold Zimmerman passed away 6 February.

His distinguished career in optical engineering included work on imaging systems for the Corona Satellite Program, the Keck Telescope, and providing night vision, FLIR  technology for the Israeli Defense Forces and for firefighters.

Zimmerman worked as an optical engineer for Bausch & Lomb Inc., 1957-1958; an optical engineer for Perkin-Elmer Corporation, 1960-1963; supervisor of optics engineering at Honeywell Radiation Center, 1963-1966; manager of optics fabrication at Itek Corporation, 1966-1975; and as chief engineer at Honeywell Electro-Optics Division, 1975-1987.

Beginning in 1987, he served as assistant director of optics manufacturing at Itek Optical Systems. He became a member of the manufacturing advisory board at the Center for Optics Manufacturing at University of Rochester in 1992.

Zimmerman attended the Bronx High School of Science, New York University, and the University of Bridgeport, where he received a masters in Mechanical Engineering. He served as 1st lieutenant in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960.

Jerrold Zimmerman circa 1966

Jerrold Zimmerman circa 1966.

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