Charles H. Townes, Nobel laureate and laser pioneer, dies at 99

January 28, 2015 6:02 AM

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Charles H. Townes, a Nobel laureate in physics who helped lay the theoretical foundation for the laser, a device with applications in fields as diverse as medicine, commerce, communications and cosmology, died Jan. 27 in Berkeley, Calif. He was 99.

Dr. Townes entered semi-retirement in 1986 after 20 years at the University of California at Berkeley, which announced his death. No cause of death was given.

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