Arthur Leonard Schawlow

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Arthur Leonard Schawlow
Arthur Leonard Schawlow
Born(1921-05-05)May 5, 1921
DiedApril 28, 1999(1999-04-28) (aged 77)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Known forlaser spectroscopy
Spouse(s)Aurelia Townes (m. 1951; 3 children)
AwardsStuart Ballantine Medal (1962)
Marconi Prize (1977)
Nobel Prize for Physics (1981)
National Medal of Science (1991)
Scientific career
InstitutionsBell Labs
Columbia University
Stanford University
Doctoral advisorMalcolm Crawford

Arthur Leonard Schawlow (May 5, 1921 – April 28, 1999) was an American physicist. He was the co-inventor of the laser with Charles Townes. He shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nicolaas Bloembergen and Kai Siegbahn for his work using lasers to determine atomic energy levels with great precision.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Arthur L. Schawlow". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. Hänsch, Theodor W. (December 1999). "Obituary: Arthur Leonard Schawlow". Physics Today. 52 (12): 75–76. Bibcode:1999PhT....52l..75H. doi:10.1063/1.2802854.