Mr. Jacobs was born in New York City to Henry Lawrence Jacobs and Josette Frank. He grew up in Greenwich Village and received his B.S. in physics from Antioch College and his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He moved to Tucson in 1965 and helped build the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, where he was professor emeritus since 2002. His professional society affiliations and honors include Fellow of the Optical Society of America, listed in American Men of Science, serving on the patents panel for applied optics, co-director of The Physics of Quantum Electronics, and NASA Tech Briefs Award. He consulted for a dozen organizations including Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and wrote numerous articles.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Jacobs; children, Henry Jacobs, Thomas Jacobs, and Jane Jacobs all of Tucson; sister, Judith Rosen of Alexandria, Virginia; and six grandchildren.
A memorial will be held Friday, March 22, 3-6 p.m. at the Optical Sciences Center on the UA campus.
Arrangements were made by Hudgel’s Swan Funeral Home.