Charles Townes, Inventor of the Laser, R.I.P.

Charles Townes, der Erfinder des Lasers, ist im stolzen Alter von 99 Jahren gestorben. Pew in Peace, Charles!

lazorCharles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Oakland. He was 99 and in failing health, and died on his way to the hospital. Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99 (via /.)