Physicist Charles Townes

Physicist Charles Townes

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Caption: Charles Townes. Historical portrait of American physicist Charles Townes (1915-2015). Whilst at New York's Columbia University, his investigations into electrical and magnetic interactions within molecules led to his design of an intense source of microwaves, precursor of the laser. This work and its underlying principles earned him a share of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Physics. He was also active in developing microwave and infrared astronomical techniques, and was co-discoverer of the first interstellar polyatomic molecules, in 1961.

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