Charles Townes, the Father of the Laser, died Tuesday at age 99

January 28, 2015 10:23 AM

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Charles Townes, inventor of the ground-breaking maser and laser and 1964 Nobel laureate in Physics, died Tuesday in Berkley at age 99. Prof. Townes and Mother Teresa were the only individuals to be awarded both the Nobel Prize and Templeton Prize.

U.C. Berkley reported that the professor was in declining health, and he died on his way to a hospital in Berkley, California. In Berkley, Mr. Townes taught Physics since 1967. Ahmed H. Zewail of Caltech, also a Nobel Prize winner, described Prof Townes as “one of the great physicists of the 20th ce...

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