Wayne H. Knox was born in Rochester in 1957. He received the BS degree from the Institute of Optics in 1979 and the PhD degree from the Institute of Optics in 1984. He went to Bell Laboratories as a postdoctoral member of technical staff in 1984, and was promoted to member of technical staff in 1985. In 1993, he was promoted to distinguished member of technical staff, and in 1997 to director of the Advanced Photonics Research Department. In 2001, he returned to the Institute of Optics in the position of director and professor of optics. He has chaired many international scientific meetings such as the Ultrafast Phenomena Meeting, CLEO, Optica Annual Meeting, Ultrafast Electronics and Optoelectronics, and the Quantum Optoelectronics Topical Meeting, among many others. Professor Knox is a fellow of Optica and fellow and Life Member of the American Physical Society. He received the 1990 Initiatives in Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the 1999 American Association of Physics Teachers Richtmyer Award. Professor Knox lives in Pittsford, NY with his wife and five of their six children.
The research areas of significant interest to Professor Knox are ultrafast sciences and technology, telecommunications, ultrafast biomedical optics and optics education. He has over 130 publications in refereed journals, and 40 patents granted or pending.