Friday, May 16, 2008

1960 - Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

Theodore Harold "Ted" Maiman (July 11, 1927 - May 5, 2007) was an American physicist who made the first working laser. Maiman received the Japan Prize in 1987. He was the author of a book titled The Laser Odyssey. Due to his work on the laser, he was twice nominated for a Nobel Prize and was given membership in both the National Academies of Science and Engineering. He received the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1966. He was the recipient of the 1983/84 Wolf Prize in Physics, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame that same year.

Maiman died from systemic mastocytosis on May 5, 2007 in Vancouver, Canada, where he lived with his wife.

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