Death of Charles H. Townes

July 28, 1915 - January 27, 2015
Berkeley, California | Age 99

Inspiration for the predecessor of the laser dies
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By LISA LEFF, The Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.

On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and led to other scientific discoveries.

Townes, who was also known for his strong...

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