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Charles H. Townes Photo Gallery


Charles Townes and Henry Helvajian

Townes and Henry Helvajian at a 2007 SPIE panel discussion

Townes, Hoover, Yzuel

Townes, 2001 SPIE President Richard Hoover, and 2009 SPIE President María Yzuel at the 2010 SPIE Fellows Luncheon

James Grote, Townes

SPIE Fellow and Board of Directors member James Grote and Townes

Student, Townes, Herman

Townes presents a LASE Best Student Paper Award at Photonics West while symposium chair Peter Herman looks on

James, James, Townes

2010 SPIE President Ralph James, Marie James, and Townes at the SPIE Optics + Photonics welcome reception

James, Townes, Svanberg

2010 SPIE President Ralph James, Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, and 2011 SPIE President Katarina Svanberg

Charles Townes

Townes receives the 2010 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society in recognition of his extraordinary foresight in seeing the potential of the laser and coherent light 50 years ago and other achievements

Charles Townes

Townes' banquet talk on his current research into the movements and composition of stars gave insights on what has motivated his work throughout his long and fruitful career: a fascination with questions that remain unanswered. "If something seems fun and interesting, and it is work no one else is doing, well, I want to do it," he said.

Nobel Laureates CohenTannoudji, Tajima, Bloembergen, Townes, Maiman, Kroemer, Mourou

From left, Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Nobel Laureate Yukinobu Tajima, Nobel Laureate Nicolaas Bloembergen, Kathleen Maiman (widow of ruby laser inventor Theodroe Maiman), Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, and Nobel Laureate Herbert Kroemer, at an Advancing the Laser reception in 2010

Chinese Consul to Paris and Townes

Chinese Consulate to Paris and Townes

Charles Townes

Townes with a panel commemorating his achievements in an Advancing the Laser tribute display

Charles Townes

"Enjoy exploration! It's fun." -- Charles Townes


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