Charles Townes, Inventor Of The Laser, Dies At 99
Charles Townes said his revelation of how to form a narrow beam of a single wavelength came while he sat on a park bench in 1951.By Cliff Judy | January 28, 2015
The world of science lost a man even his Nobel Prize-winning colleagues called "a giant" among them.
Charles Townes died Tuesday at the age of 99, more than half a century after winning a Nobel Prize for inventing the laser. (Video via VR Foundation)
The widespread use of Townes' invention is hard to quantify. The laser is to modern technology what recorded audio was to telecommunications or the steam engine to the Industrial Revolution.