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Old 09-22-2016, 10:23 AM #1
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Unhappy Laser pioneer Ali Javan dies at 89

Ali Javan passed away last Monday aged 89. Dr. Javan was professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Iran, later a U.S. citizen, he received a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1954. While a member of the technical staff of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, he invented the gas laser, producing the very first continuous coherent light. He was also a pioneer in the field of optical frequency combs which led to the eventual redefinition of the second, and is used in everyday TV synchronization, GPS, and optical atomic clocks having an ultimate uncertainty of one part in a quintillion (10^18).

Ali Javan is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and by their two daughters, Maia and Lila.


Ted Maiman (inventor of Ruby laser) and Ali Javan receiving medallions from President Johnson honoring their work.



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Default Re: Laser pioneer Ali Javan dies at 89

I thought he worked on the MASER too, the microwave forerunner of the laser.

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Here he is on Wikipedia, RIP Mr. Javan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Javan
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Default Re: Laser pioneer Ali Javan dies at 89

Rest in peace. He will be missed...
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Default Re: Laser pioneer Ali Javan dies at 89

RIP Ali Javan. What would we do without our gas lasers? I regularly have to use a CO2 laser.
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