RIP Nobel Laureate and Laser inventer Charles Townes

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. He was 99 and in failing health, and died on his way to the hospital.  Check out his achievements and contributions.

Clockwise from top: Charles & Frances Townes at the Amazing Light Symposium in 2005; Townes early in his career; discussing physics with Reinhard Genzel; 'The Bench' where he sat as his thoughts on how the laser could work became clear; his 99th birthday on the UC Berkeley campus; at work in mid-career. Collage by Sarah Wittmer, physics department.

Clockwise from top: Charles & Frances Townes at the Amazing Light Symposium in 2005; Townes early in his career; discussing physics with Reinhard Genzel; ‘The Bench’ where he sat as his thoughts on how the laser could work became clear; his 99th birthday on the UC Berkeley campus; at work in mid-career. Collage by Sarah Wittmer, physics department.

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