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SPIE Professional April 2010

Tribute to Theodore Maiman May 2010

Ted Maiman

Advances in laser technology and Theodore Maiman's role in them will be celebrated at a tribute symposium at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, BC (Canada), on the 50th anniversary of Maiman's demonstration of the world's first laser.

The symposium will bring together approximately 200 leading researchers and their students as well as business leaders from around the world who have benefited from Maiman's discovery. Maiman taught at the SFU School of Engineering Science before he died in 2007.

The 15-16 May event is sponsored by SPIE and SFU. The organizing committee is headed by Andrew Rawicz, professor of Engineering at SFU, and includes Maiman's widow, Kathleen Maiman, Bruno Jaggi, Marinko Sarunic, Alan Guest, and Ulrich Stange.

Speakers will include Kathleen Maiman, who will talk about "Ted Maiman: The Scientist and the Man," SPIE Executive Director Eugene Arthurs, Rudolf Steiner of the Institute for Laser Technologies in Medicine and Measurement (Germany), and others.

Kathleen Maiman contributed numerous items to an historic display at SPIE Photonics West in January, including a Maiman-built model of the first laser, Maiman's research notebook, and his prototype for the first medical laser. The notebook was opened to the page of notes from the day he successfully demonstrated the first laser.

Registration and other information.

Laser Anniversary Resources
advancing the laser

The SPIE celebration of 50 years of advances in laser technology includes weekly reports and video interviews on advances in laser technology, free papers from the SPIE Digital Library and SPIE Professional on laser technology, free posters and DVDs for students and educators, and links to other resources such as a virtual laser museum.

Follow the latest R&D with the SPIE Advancing the Laser tribute and hear what industry and research leaders have to say about the future at AdvancingTheLaser.org


LaserFest is a community-wide celebration that includes programs and events to showcase the prominence of the laser in today's world. This tribute to 50 years of the laser provides videos and other informational resources on laser technology and the work of laser pioneers. SPIE is a founding partner of LaserFest, and SPIE Professional is a media sponsor of the celebration.

Write to us at spieprofessional@spie.org.   

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201004.17

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