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Townes honored with dedication of optical science laboratories

Charles Townes

Nobel Laureate Charles Townes has been honored with the dedication of state-of-the-art optical science laboratories at Clemson University, South Carolina, in his name. Townes, a member of SPIE, was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1964, for research that led to the development of the laser.

The dedication of the Charles H. Townes Laboratories for Optical Science and Engineering follows the 2005 creation of the Townes Fellows program, a joint effort by Clemson and Furman universities to bring Furman undergraduates to Clemson to conduct optics research with the COMSET (Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies) program.

Townes, a native of Greenville, SC, holds undergraduate degress from Furman University and has maintained ties with Clemson University as well.

Read more about the Charles H. Townes Laboratories for Optical Science and Engineering.

In a video interview published in the SPIE Newsroom in July 2007, Townes talked about his interests in a wide range of scientific fields.