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|Theodore Harold Maiman|
July 11, 1927|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||May 5, 2007
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Institutions||Hughes Research Laboratories
|Alma mater||University of Colorado
|Doctoral advisor||Willis Lamb|
|Known for||Inventing, Demonstrating, and Patenting the World's First LASER|
|Notable awards||Stuart Ballantine Medal (1962)
Wolf Prize in Physics (1983)
Japan Prize (1987)
Theodore Harold "Ted" Maiman (July 11, 1927 – May 5, 2007) was an American physicist who is credited with being the inventor of the first laser, the other physicist being Gordon Gould. Maiman received many awards and honors for his work, and was the author of a book titled The Laser Odyssey, which describes the events surrounding the creation of the first laser.
Maiman was born in Los Angeles, California, where in his teens, he earned money for college by repairing electrical appliances and radios.
Due to his work on the laser, he was twice nominated for a Nobel Prize and was given membership in both the National Academies of Science and Engineering. He received the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1966. He was the recipient of the 1983/84 Wolf Prize in Physics, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame that same year. Besides, he received F&J. Hertz and Japan Prizes. Many universities awarded him honorary degrees. Maiman received his last honorary degree in 2002 from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Maiman's laser was named an IEEE Milestone in 2010.
- U.S. Patent 3,353,115
- Johnson, John, Jr. (May 11, 2008). Theodore H. Maiman, at age 32; scientist created the first LASER. Los Angeles Times
- Douglas Martin (May 11, 2007). "Maiman built world's first LASER". The New York Times.
- "List of IEEE Milestones". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
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- Theodore H. Maiman via IEEE Global History Network
- Bright Idea: The First Lasers (history)