View Full Version : Laser Inventor Charles Townes Dies at 99

Rich Harman
01-30-2015, 1:48 PM
Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Oakland.

AL Ursich
01-30-2015, 1:54 PM
Saw that TV Story too... Pretty Impressive.... RIP.

Jeffrey Dewing
01-30-2015, 4:09 PM
I googled him. Interesting read...

chris szlachetka
01-30-2015, 5:10 PM
Thank you Charles! RIP ⚡️

Brett Luna
01-30-2015, 5:16 PM
Yep, Professor Townes laid a lot of the theoretical groundwork for the laser...but Theodore Maiman physically invented it, based on (and expanding on) Townes' work, which proposed a gas laser. Maiman demonstrated the solid state ruby laser. So they were both firsts...but Prof. Townes outlasted the lot I think. Ted Maiman died in 2007.