Charles Hard Townes (1915–2015)

Nityananda, Rajaram (2015) Charles Hard Townes (1915–2015). Resonance: Journal of Science Education, 20 (12). pp. 1079-1081. ISSN 0973-712X

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C H Townes shared the Nobel Prize in 1964 for the concept of the laser and the earlier realization of the concept at microwave frequencies, called the maser. He passed away in January of this year, six months short of his hundredth birthday. A cursory look at the archives shows a paper as late as 2011 – ‘The Dust Distribution Immediately Surrounding V Hydrae’, a contribution to infrared astronomy. To get a feel for the range in time and field, his 1936 masters thesis was based on repairing a non-functional van de Graaf accelerator at Duke University in 1936!

Item Type: Article
Authors: Nityananda, Rajaram
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laser. Microwave frequencies.
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Physics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
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