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New UCF Center of Excellence Named in honor of Charles Townes

Laser pioneer honored by university.

On May 4, the University of Central Florida dedicated its new Center of Excellence in advanced laser technology in honor of Charles Townes, the laser's founding father, and announced a new fellowship in the name of Townes' wife, Frances.

Before the formal dedication of the Townes Laser Institute, Townes gave a lecture on the past, present and possible future of lasers, and he ate lunch with 83 students. He also toured laboratories at UCF's Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) building.

"It was great meeting the person who started it all," said Tim McComb, a doctoral student who works in Professor Martin Richardson's laboratory at CREOL. "It was kind of the same thing as someone meeting Thomas Edison in the 1900s. He started the electronic age. Dr. Townes started the photonics age."

Full details from the UCF website:
Townes addresses commencement

UCF dedicates Center of Excellence to Townes