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Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way For the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

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Charles Townes in 1955

Charles Townes in 1955.

Credit: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey planets and galaxies, and even witness the birth of stars, died on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. He was 99.

From The New York Times
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