September 21, 2010

Charles Townes, Inventor of the Laser, Discusses Nature of Innovation Thursday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m.

Charles Townes, who received the Nobel prize for his role in the invention of the laser 50 years ago, will be giving a physics and astronomy colloquium on campus on Thurs., Sept 23 at 4 pm in Stevenson Center room 4327.

The title of his talk is “How Do New Things Happen? Origins of the Laser.” He will outline the many ways by which new inventions, discoveries and ideas arise and provide examples. He will discuss the particular case of the laser in detail, from its origins to its present development, from a personal point of view.

Townes is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and was invited to speak as part of the department’s effort to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser.


Link to the physics colloquium website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/physics/events/colloquium1011.php.
Link to an online biography of Townes: http://www.achievement.com/autodoc/printmember/tow0bio-1.