Peter P. Sorokin

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Peter P. Sorokin (10 July 1931 – 24 September 2015) was an American physicist and co-inventor of the dye laser.[1][2] He was born in Boston.[3] Sorokin and his colleague J. R. Lankard, at IBM Research Laboratories, used a ruby laser to excite a near infrared laser dye. Their report was quickly followed by that of F. P. Schäfer. In 1974 Sorokin received the Albert A. Michelson Medal from the Franklin Institute.[4] In 1983 Sorokin was awarded the Comstock Prize in Physics from the National Academy of Sciences[5] and in 1984 the Harvey Prize from Israel's Technion.[6] In 1991 he received the first Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science from the American Physical Society.[7] Sorokin is an IBM Fellow since 1968.[8] He was also a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Toward the end of his career he became interested in astronomy. Sorokin died at the age of 84 on 24 September 2015.[9]


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  3. ^ American Men and Women of Science, Thomson Gale 2004
  4. ^ "Franklin Laureate Database - Albert A. Michelson Medal Laureates". Franklin Institute. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Comstock Prize in Physics". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Harvey Prize". Technion. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science". American Physical Society. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Manz, Jrn; Wste, Ludger, eds. (1994). "Femtosecond Chemistry". doi:10.1002/9783527619436. ISBN 9783527619436.  Look in chapter Contributors’ CVs and Addresses page 825.
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