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Adolf F. Fercher Biography

Adolf F. Fercher is professor emeritus at the Medical University of Vienna, where he chaired the Institute of Medical Physics from 1986–2008. He pioneered ophthalmic interferometry, demonstrating the first measurement of the axial length of a human eye using low-coherence interferometry (LCI) in 1986 and one of the first retinal OCT images of the living human eye in 1993, and he is the intellectual father of the first commercial LCI ocular biometry system. In 1995, Fercher demonstrated, with Christoph K. Hitzenberger, the first application of spectral domain (SD) LCI to intraocular ranging, enabling rapid 3D OCT imaging and modern OCT technology.

Fercher is the author or coauthor of 125 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. He studied physics at the Vienna University of Technology and received his Ph.D. in 1972. From 1968–1985, he was junior scientist at Carl Zeiss AG, where he worked on optical testing with computer holograms and in holographic interferometry. From 1975–1986, he was professor at the University of Essen, where he conducted research on laser speckle and biomedical applications of interferometry.