Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

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Physicist, (1921-1999). Professor of physics, Stanford University from 1961.

From the description of Letter regarding edits to chapter 2 of -Physics in the 20th Century-, 1997 December 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78903394

Physicist. Professor of Physics at Stanford University since 1961 and executive head of the Physics Dept., 1966-70; at Bell Laboratories, 1951-1961. Schawlow is best known for his work on lasers, and received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981.

From the description of From maser to laser: talk by Arthur L. Schawlow at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory: Videorecording, 1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122354409

Arthur L. Schawlow, professor of physics at Stanford University from 1961 to 1991, received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1981 for his contributions to the development of laser spectroscopy. He and his brother-in-law, Charles Townes, professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, published their first paper showing how to build a laser in 1958, while Schawlow was a research physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Schawlow earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and was a research associate and associate professor at Columbia University before coming to Stanford. He was chair of the physics department from 1966 to 1970 and retired from active teaching in 1991 with the rank of professor emeritus. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

From the description of Arthur Schawlow papers, 1949-1997. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 462019835

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Arthur L. Schawlow, professor of physics at Stanford University from 1961 to 1991, received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1981 for his contributions to the development of laser spectroscopy. He and his brother-in-law, Charles Townes, professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, published their first paper showing how to build a laser in 1958, while Schawlow was a research physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Schawlow earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and was a research associate and associate professor at Columbia University before coming to Stanford. He was chair of the physics department from 1966 to 1970 and retired from active teaching in 1991 with the rank of professor emeritus. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

From the guide to the Arthur L. Schawlow papers, 1949-1997, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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referencedIn DeMaria, Anthony John, 1931-. Oral history interview with Anthony John DeMaria, 1984 April 13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962. Letters to NBS staff on "Atomic Energy Levels," 1949-1971. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn "Nobel Perspectives on Ethics in Science" videorecordings, 1996 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005. Oral history interview with Gordon Gould, 1983 April 8 and October 23. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bloembergen, N. Laser pioneer interview series, 1985-1986. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. Arthur Schawlow papers, 1949-1997. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Optical Society of America. Meeting (1982). Panel discussion on the development of the laser and nonlinear optics [sound recording] / 1982 October 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Niels Bohr Library. The Emilio Segrè visual archives, P-S, [ca. 1870]-9999. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. A life in physics : Bell Telephone Laboratories and World War II, Columbia University and the laser, MIT and government service, California and research in astrophysics : oral history transcript / Charles Hard Townes ; with an introduction by Arthur L. Schawlow ; interviews conducted by Suzanne B. Riess in 1991-1992. Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, 1994. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Landauer, Rolf William, 1927-1999. Oral history interview with Rolf William Landauer, 1984 October 17. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Schiff, Leonard I. (Leonard Isaac), 1915-1971. Leonard I. Schiff papers, 1948-1971. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Leonard I. Schiff papers, 1948-1971 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hänsch, T. W. (Theo W.), 1941-. Oral history interview with Theodor Wolfgang Hänsch, 1984 January 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990. Robert Hofstadter papers, 1931-1992. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Optical Society of America. Meeting (1974 : Washington, D.C.). What is light? [sound recording] / 1974 April 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Basov, N. G. (Nikolaĭ Gennadievich), 1922-2001. Oral history interview with Nikolai Gennadievich Basov, 1984 September 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. Letter regarding edits to chapter 2 of -Physics in the 20th Century-, 1997 December 24. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Robert Hofstadter papers, 1931-1992 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. From maser to laser: talk by Arthur L. Schawlow at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory: Videorecording, 1982. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Arthur L. Schawlow papers, 1949-1997 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hahn, E. L. (Erwin Louis), 1921-. Oral history interview with Erwin Louis Hahn, 1986 August 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn United States of America v. American Telephone & Telegraph, et al: legal documents, 1974-1982. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Townes, Charles H. Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1979 June 18 and 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Catalogue II of the Regional Oral History Office, 1980-1997 Bancroft Library
creatorOf American Physical Society. Meeting (1982 : Washington, D.C.). Distinguished speakers session [sound recording] 1982 April 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Smith, George Foster, 1922-. Oral history interview with George Foster Smith, 1985 February 5. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. Oral history interview with Arthur L. Schawlow, 1984 January 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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Death 1999-04-28

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