Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016 Views: 13
You may be thinking of the invention of photosensitive gold glass by Donald Stookey, Corning research scientist. His autobiography, Journey to the Center of the Crystal Ball, describes this, as well as other technical innovations. There is also a picture of his wife, Ruth, embedded in glass.
Through contacts with Corning, Inc scientists, the type of glass was found to be US Patent #US4328299 A Polychromatic glasses and method CORNING GLASS WORKS, also known as "Joseph Glass" for Jospeh's coat of many colors.
Stookey has several other patents for this technology:
If you need more information, let me know and I can send a few descriptive pages from his autobiography.