Charles H. Townes

1915 - 2015

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Charles Hard Townes (July 28, 1915 – January 27, 2015) was an American physicist. Townes worked on the theory and application of the maser, for which he obtained the fundamental patent, and other work in quantum electronics associated with both maser and laser devices. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles H. Townes has received more than 251,849 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Charles H. Townes is the 189th most popular physicist (up from 194th in 2019), the 876th most popular biography from United States (down from 703rd in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Physicist.

Charles H. Townes is most famous for his invention of the laser in 1958. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov for his work on the maser.

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Among physicists, Charles H. Townes ranks 189 out of 721Before him are Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, George E. Smith, Leon M. Lederman, Roy J. Glauber, Joseph Rotblat, and Polykarp Kusch. After him are Sheldon Lee Glashow, Richard E. Taylor, Vitaly Ginzburg, John L. Hall, Willis Lamb, and Nicolaas Bloembergen.

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Among people born in 1915, Charles H. Townes ranks 27Before him are Hu Yaobang, Fred Hoyle, Les Paul, Stanley Matthews, Curd Jürgens, and Aung San. After him are Robert A. Dahl, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Brother Roger, Bob Kane, Robert Hofstadter, and Shoichi Yokoi. Among people deceased in 2015, Charles H. Townes ranks 42Before him are Tariq Aziz, Günter Schabowski, Benedict Anderson, Yves Chauvin, Frei Otto, and Pierre Brice. After him are Faten Hamama, Irwin Rose, Maureen O'Hara, Yoichiro Nambu, Yitzhak Navon, and Ben E. King.

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Among people born in United States, Charles H. Townes ranks 876 out of 15,968Before him are Willard Libby (1908), John Sherman (1823), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Jim Lovell (1928), Angela Davis (1944), and Ron Perlman (1950). After him are Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Jon Bon Jovi (1962), John J. Pershing (1860), Woody Harrelson (1961), Michelle Obama (1964), and Keith Haring (1958).

Among PHYSICISTS In United States

Among physicists born in United States, Charles H. Townes ranks 30Before him are Steven Weinberg (1933), Donald A. Glaser (1926), Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921), George E. Smith (1930), Leon M. Lederman (1922), and Roy J. Glauber (1925). After him are Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), John L. Hall (1934), Willis Lamb (1913), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Philip Warren Anderson (1923), and John Vincent Atanasoff (1903).