Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

January 29, 2015 12:06 AM

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Charles Townes, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the invention of the laser died Tuesday at 99.

Townes is best remembered for thinking up the basic principles of the laser while sitting on a park bench. Later in life he helped advise the U.S. government and helped uncover the secrets of our Milky Way galaxy.

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