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Fellows Profile

By Robert Cartland, OSSC President 2009-2010

Photo Contributed by Tom Godfrey, OSSC Historian

-Felix Bednarz-

(19 Dec 1912 - 23 Dec 1997)


OSSC Secretary (1951-1952)



Felix Bednarz worked with Eugene K. Thorburn at the Northrop Optical Laboratory in Pasadena.  He holds multiple patents on wide angle lens systems as well as a focussing device for attachment to cameras or projectors.  He later worked at Cutis Laboratories in Ojai, CA where, in 1960, he patented a high resolution optical scanning system utilizing a rotating prism, preferring the Pechan type, and a photoelectric cell.


Felix Bednarz and Eugene Thornburn were instrumental in the formation of The Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC) in the Fall of 1950 while both were working at the Northrop Optical Lab.  Bednarz was one of five people who served on the OSSC organizing committee, formed in June 1951, along with with Eugene Thornburn, Armin J. Hill, Howard Cary and Henry A. Knoll.   On November 7, 1951, Bednarz was elected among the temporary officers  serving as the first Secretary of the OSSC in 1951-1952. In March 25, 1952, the OSSC articles of incorporation were approved by the California Secretary of State and on July 17 the OSSC was officially recognized as the eighth local section of the Optical Society of America.


Felix Bednarz marred in 1911 and is the father of Felix Bednarz Jr.


Anyone who is able to correct or amplify the data is encouraged to contact OSSC Historian Tom Godfrey.