WTP Optics, Inc., provides unique consulting
services in optics, optical and mechanical engineering, innovative product development,
instrumentation, and manufacturing.
William T. Plummer, PhD, President
Bill Plummer is widely known for his team development of phenomenal new design
and manufacturing technologies, notably the early introduction of quality plastic
aspheric lens surfaces in photography, and for the first uses of generalized and
symmetry-free aspheric optical surfaces in high-volume cameras. His interests and
contributions span the full range of product development, from unusual design concepts
through all the analysis, tooling, instrumentation, and procedures needed for effective
Bill Plummer has taught engineering and optical subjects at The Johns Hopkins
University, the University of Massachusetts, and Tufts University, and is a Senior
Lecturer with the Mechanical Engineering Department
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bill Plummer received his PhD in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University in
1965. With Professor John Strong he made infrared spectrometric measurements for
planetary astronomy by high-altitude balloon. After earning his degree he served
as a Captain in the US Army Signal Corps, then taught Astronomy at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1969 he joined Polaroid, and soon worked with Dr.
Edwin H. Land and Dr. James G. Baker
to create the remarkable SX-70
folding instant SLR camera. For more than 30 years Bill and his expert team routinely
contributed new design and manufacturing technologies for a range of products from
high-volume amateur and professional photographic systems to specialized laser scanning,
digital printing, and optical communication equipment.
Bill Plummer has been awarded 102 US Patents for inventions
in visual, photographic, and technical optical systems: spanning lens designs, innovative
components, optomechanical devices, instrumentation, electronics, and chemistry.
He has published professional papers in optics, astronomy,
acoustics, and other fields. He has given illustrated technical
talks before university, scientific, industrial, government, and commercial groups
in several countries.
Bill Plummer was Senior Director / Divisional Vice President for Optical Engineering
when he left Polaroid in 2001. Through WTP Optics, Inc., he continues to collaborate
with optical industry leaders.