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Arthur Leonard Schawlow

1921 - 1999

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Arthur Leonard Schawlow (May 5, 1921 – April 28, 1999) was an American physicist and co-inventor of the laser with Charles Townes. His central insight, which Townes overlooked, was the use of two mirrors as the resonant cavity to take maser action from microwaves to visible wavelengths. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Leonard Schawlow has received more than 169,201 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Arthur Leonard Schawlow is the 199th most popular physicist (up from 220th in 2019), the 919th most popular biography from United States (up from 987th in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Physicist.

Arthur Leonard Schawlow is most famous for his work in laser physics. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981 with Nicolaas Bloembergen for their contribution to the development of laser spectroscopy.

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Among physicists, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 199 out of 717Before him are Frederick Reines, Ilya Frank, Isamu Akasaki, Willis Lamb, K. Alex Müller, and Nikolay Basov. After him are David Lee, Joseph Rotblat, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Armen Sarkissian, Roy J. Glauber, and Kai Siegbahn.

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Among people born in 1921, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 44Before him are Marija Gimbutas, Georges Brassens, Dirk Bogarde, Akio Morita, Edgar Morin, and Herschel Grynszpan. After him are György Cziffra, Zdeněk Miler, Nexhmije Hoxha, Lydia Litvyak, Abdul Salam Arif, and Paul Schäfer. Among people deceased in 1999, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 25Before him are Desmond Llewelyn, Jerzy Grotowski, Joe DiMaggio, Dirk Bogarde, Akio Morita, and Glenn T. Seaborg. After him are Sarah Knauss, Trygve Haavelmo, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Julius Nyerere, Anatoliy Solovianenko, and Mary Ainsworth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 919 out of 18,182Before him are Edward C. Tolman (1886), John Fante (1909), D. W. Griffith (1875), Laura Branigan (1952), Harvey J. Alter (1935), and Davy Crockett (1786). After him are Larry Flynt (1942), Christian B. Anfinsen (1916), Virginia Satir (1916), George Kennedy (1925), Magic Johnson (1959), and Billy Joel (1949).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Arthur Leonard Schawlow ranks 39Before him are Robert Hofstadter (1915), Norman Foster Ramsey Jr. (1915), John Archibald Wheeler (1911), John L. Hall (1934), Frederick Reines (1918), and Willis Lamb (1913). After him are David Lee (1931), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), George E. Smith (1930), Clifford Shull (1915), and John Vincent Atanasoff (1903).