Bennett, William R. (William Ralph), 1904-

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  • 1930, Jan. 30: Born, Jersey City, N.J.
  • 1951: Graduated, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1952: Married Frances Commins
  • 1957: Ph.D. in physics, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1959 - 1962 : Member, technical staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J.
  • 1960: Invented with Ali Jarvan the first gas (helium-neon) laser
  • 1962 - 1964 : Associate professor of physics and applied science, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1964 - 1972 : Professor of physics and applied science, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1965: Received the Morris N. Liebman Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 1976: Published Introduction to Computer Applications for Non-Science Students and Scientific and Engineering Problem-Solving with the Computer. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall
  • 1977: Published Physics of Gas Lasers. New York: Gordon and Breach
  • 1979: Published Atomic Gas Laser Transition Data: A Critical Evaluation. New York: Plenum
  • 1981 - 1987 : Master, Silliman College, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 2000: Awarded Devane Medal for distinguished scholarship and teaching at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; retired from the university
  • 2008, June 29: Died, Haverford, Pa.

From the guide to the William Ralph Bennett Papers, 1922-circa 1998, (bulk 1958-1996), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Birth 1904

Death 1983



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