Dr Charles Hard Townes

Dr Charles Hard Townes

Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
Death 27 Jan 2015 (aged 99)
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 141861087 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Winning Physicist. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the research of atomic nucleus and elementary particles. His father was an attorney, Charles (a prodigy) attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from Furman University by the age of nineteen. After receiving his masters in Physics from Duke University, he later earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. During World War II, he designed radar bombing systems and in 1948, he joined the faculty at Columbia University and later was a professor at the University of California in Berkeley. Dr. Townes formulated the idea of developing a device which used the stimulated emission of radiation by excited atoms to amplify or generate coherent monochromatic electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range. The result was the "maser".

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