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Remembering a Giant

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Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, [email protected]

Dr. Charles Hard Townes died Jan. 27 at age 99, and in the weeks since, he has been remembered for his many contributions to physics, to the birth of the laser and for pioneering its use in astronomy. Townes won the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing the maser, sharing the prize with Alexander M. Prokhorov and Nikolay G. Basov, who also had independently developed a maser. On page 23 of this issue, we have shared a lovely remembrance of Charles Townes from SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs, about a 2004 meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation. You can read our full news...Read full article

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