Rudolf Kingslake

Rudolf Kingslake

A Life in Optics

Martin L. Scott


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University of Rochester Press



If a single lens can form an image, why does our camera have several elements? A curious child, Rudolf Kingslake inquired of his father the answer to this question nearly one hundred years ago, foreshadowing his remarkable career in optics and his future influence on a newly formed branch of science. Born in 1903, at the beginning of the era of technological progress, Kinglake graduated from the Imperial College in London and was offered a position on the original faculty of what came to be known as the renowned University of Rochester Institute of Optics. Martin Scott details the life of the beloved professor who maintained simultaneous careers in academia and industry as the director of Optical Design for Kodak. Filled with personal reminisces and anecdotes from friends, family and colleagues, Rudolf Kingslake: A Life in Optics encompasses the breadth and vivacity of the pioneer and his astounding life.

Martin L. Scott is former Director of Scientific Imaging at the Eastman Kodak Company, and built the Kingslake Archives online register for the Rush Rhees Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester.


December 2011
154 pages
Meliora Press
ISBN: 9781580463973
Format: Paperback
University of Rochester Press
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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Promise to Be Fulfilled
Life History Album--The Early Years
Choosing a College
Life at 171 Grove Lane
Concentrating on Optics
Hilda Gertrude Conrady
Invitation to Rochester
Momentous Year--1929
Getting Established in America
The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester
Teaching at the University
The Call to Kodak
The Kingslake Family during World War II
Knowing Rudolf
Later Life
Afterword: A Promise Fulfilled

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