Optics and Anthony Johnson

Optics and Anthony Johnson

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Portrait of Anthony M. Johnson

Portrait of Anthony M. Johnson

AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

This lesson will introduce students to Anthony Johnson, a lauded optical physicist who was a beneficiary of the Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program. The Program helped him earn his Ph.D., and he worked at Bell Labs before expanding his career elsewhere. After being introduced to his story, students will explore the phenomenon of total internal reflection, an important aspect of fiber optics (which Johnson has studied). This guide works best if it follows the AIP Teacher’s Guide: The Legacy of African American Scientists at Bell Laboratories, which examines the history of African American scientists at Bell Labs in more detail.