Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005

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Gordon Gould (b. July 17, 1920, New York City, NY – d. September 16, 2005, New York City, NY) was an American physicist who is widely, but not universally, credited with the invention of the laser. Gould is best known for his thirty-year fight with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain patents for the laser and related technologies. He also fought with laser manufacturers in court battles to enforce the patents he subsequently did obtain.
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creatorOf Hecht, Jeff,. Laser pioneer interviews, 1985-1986. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bloembergen, N. Laser pioneer interview series, 1985-1986. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn William Ralph Bennett Papers, 1922-circa 1998, (bulk 1958-1996) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005. Oral history interview with Gordon Gould, 1983 April 8 and October 23. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Bennett, William R. (William Ralph), 1904- person
associatedWith Bromberg, Joan Lisa. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Columbia University. corporateBody
associatedWith Hecht, Jeff, person
associatedWith Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993. person
associatedWith Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898- person
associatedWith Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. person
associatedWith Townes, Charles H. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Union college Schenectady, N.Y. corporateBody
associatedWith Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Yale University. corporateBody
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Spectrum analysis
Manhattan Project (U.S.)


Birth 1920-07-17

Death 2005-09-16



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