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tlfamm
01-29-2015, 07:05 AM
"Carles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99.

Townes, who had been in failing health, died Tuesday in Oakland while on his way to a hospital, according to UC Berkeley. He had been a professor of physics at the university since 1967."



http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-charles-townes-20150128-story.html


In addition to the obit, the article has a lengthy and fascinating treatment of the development history of the laser.

Guido
01-29-2015, 02:49 PM
A very interesting obit. What in the world goes on in their minds, people like Townes, H. Edgerton and this boards' own Evan? G