In Washington, D.C. Presenting Holography
& Laser Arts and Sciences @ The Smithsonian.
I was born in Cooper Hospital in what is now the poorest city in the United States: Camden, New Jersey. It also has the highest poverty rate, the highest crime rate and greatest number of murders in the USA (one every 33 hours on average).
I am an elected member of Sigma-Pi-Sigma; the National Physics Honor Society; American Institute of Physics; for my work in laser and holography educational programs.
Since 1983, my past clients include: The Smithsonian Institution, Wash. D.C. (The Hirshhorn Museum & Ripley Education Center); The Franklin Institute, Phila; Stevens Institute of Technology; Liberty Science Center, NJ; The Discovery Center of Science and Technology, PA; Lehigh University Physics Dept.; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; California Institute of Technology; Northampton Commmunity College; Lehigh-Carbon Community College; Allentown Art Museum; Rodale Press; WFMZ-TV; NASA / Northrop Grumman; Georgian Court University Physics Dept.; AT&T; Lucent Technologies; U.S. Navy; Fuji Film Corp.; Dupont; the Urban Systemic Initiative (NSF); and many elementary, middle and high schools. National Science Foundation-funded programs; scouts; home school groups; corporate events; birthday parties; and teaching the first online class for holography, with America On Line, in 1995.
I saw my first laser hologram in 1968, attended my first holography exhibit in 1976, began my own laser & holography studio in 1983, and started my world-famous holography web site in 1993. I began as a kid, and after an entire lifetime, there is plenty more to say. But for now I'll just say that sooner or later in your own journey in holography, no matter where you are in the world, you will eventually come across "Frank DeFreitas".
My 30+ years in holography have been divided into 15 years part-time and 15-years+ full time. I was both a hologram producer and a holography instructor. My history is with traveling outreach: I would take my laser and holography educational programs on the road. Back then, one would find many outreach persons traveling from one area of the country to the other, visiting schools, galleries, museums and festivals. I've presented to hundreds of thousands of people over my 30+ years. My smallest event was three people, my largest event was seventy thousand (over two days).
As a side note, I am one of the very few people on Earth to have their name and occupation on the surface of another heavenly body: Titan, the great moon of Saturn (Cassini / Huygens mission). My entry reads "My name is Frank DeFreitas and I create three-dimensional laser holograms on Earth". This info is contained on a CDROM in a sealed chamber inside the space craft lander.
I have designed and built my own lasers, optical equipment, and have formulated my own processing chemistry and production methods. My work is truly, and literally, my own.
I have a technical education. My background is in printing technologies, and I am a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Printing and Advertising (with a focus on typography, typesetting and graphic design / prepress). Never underestimate the power of print, whether on paper or online. Print is the most influencial and powerful human-created force in the world, and it is where I have always wanted to be. Not surprisingly, it is where I am.
In 2015, I will be 59 years old and I have been married for 38 years. My wife and I have 3 grown daughters, all involved in science and medicine. I have had my private studio and reference library / exhibit room in my downtown historic Allentown, PA home for 32 years. People travel from around the world to visit, to learn, or to just say hello (please call first).
After spending 30 years in the field of lasers and holograms, I was given a vision and calling to begin developing Christian applications. The objectives for my work are several fold: (1) to help reach those persons in areas of the world where more traditional evangelistic methods are dangerous, even life threatening (stealth technology); (2) to research archival recording methods for Scripture and historical artifacts (3D laser holograms); (3) to one day communicate the Gospel to other worlds beyond our own: from upcoming human colonies on the Moon and Mars, to the deepest regions of outer space (space based laser communication); (4) to prepare youth for the evangelism of the future, utilizing (and further developing) these new technologies.
My own personal philosophy / quote is this: "Science is the study of the physical manifestations of God in action". I do not believe that science and God are at odds with each other at all. With science, we gain knowledge and wisdom about God's Creation, and as a result, grow closer in our walk with Him.
Thank you for visiting.
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