Townes, Charles Hard

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Physicist. Member of technical staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1939-1947; professor of physics, Columbia University, 1948-1961; physics dept. chairman, director of radiation laboratory, and provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961-1967; University Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, from 1967.

From the description of Memoranda from Bell Telephone Laboratories concerning applications of microwave spectroscopy (1946); letters from Townes to Joan Bromberg regarding these memoranda and the Laser History Project, 1946-1987. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78354837

From the description of Proposal and cover letter submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for research on a maser to amplify or oscillate at infrared frequencies, 1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79789838

Physicist. Full name: Charles Hard Townes.

From the description of Papers of Charles H. Townes. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132806

Physicist. Member of technical staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1939-1947; professor of physics, Columbia University, 1948-1961; physics dept. chairman, director of radiation laboratory, and provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961-1967; University Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, from 1967. Shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Nikolai Basov and Aleksandr Prokhorov in 1964.

From the description of Letter to Arthur Henry Guenther concerning his opinion of Basov's view of the early history of laser development, 1985. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83317553

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creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1979 June 18 and 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Research Corporation. Maser and laser patents collection, 1956-1962. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bullard, Edward Crisp, Sir, 1907-1980. The effectiveness of scientific advice to government [sound recording] : a lecture series at the University of California, Santa Barbara / 1976. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bloembergen, N. Oral history interview with Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1983 June 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-. Oral history interview with Sidney D. Drell, 1986 July 1. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Brewer, Richard George, 1928-. Response to Laser History Project Survey, 1983. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry). Oral history interview with Robert Henry Dicke, 1983 May 2. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn York, Herbert F. (Herbert Frank). Oral history interview with Herbert F. York, 1986 February 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Wooldridge, Dean E. Oral history interview with Dean E. Wooldridge, 1976 August 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Brant, Irving, 1885-1976. Irving Brant papers, 1910-1977 (bulk 1938-1975). Library of Congress
referencedIn Holden, Alan. Oral history interview with Alan Holden, 1974 July 30 and 21 June 1976. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Giordmaine, Joseph Anthony, 1933-. Oral history interview with Joseph Giordmaine, 1984 June 4 and 1985 May 31. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn White, Addison Hughson, 1909-. Oral history interview Addison Hughson White, 1976 September 30. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Aigrain, P. (Pierre). International Science and Technology Journal interviews, 1962-1967. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf American Physical Society. Meeting (1965 : Washington, D.C.). Invited papers [sound recording] / 1965 April. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Stern, Marvin, 1935-1974. Oral history interview with Marvin Stern, 1987 May 1. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf American Association of Physics Teachers. Annual Meeting (1967 : New York). Session entitled "New useful developments derived from physics" [sound recording] American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting, December 29, 1967. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Babcock, Horace W. Oral history interview with Horace W. Babcock, 1977, July 25. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf American Physical Society. Meeting (1967 : Washington, D.C.). Heineman Prize Banquet [sound recording] : American Physical Society Meeting, 1967 April 26. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Polanyi, J. C., 1929-. Response to Laser History Survey, 1984. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Letter to Arthur Henry Guenther concerning his opinion of Basov's view of the early history of laser development, 1985. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999. Oral history interview with Arthur L. Schawlow, 1984 January 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Panofsky, Wolfgang Kurt Hermann, 1919-. Oral history interview with Wolfgang Kurt Hermann Panofsky, 1973 May 15 to 1974 June 3. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Optical Society of America. Meeting (1966 : Washington, D.C.). 50th anniversary session [sound recording] / 1966 March 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Niels Bohr Library. The Emilio Segrè visual archives, T-Z, [ca. 1870]-9999. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-. Oral History interview with Robert Alan Frosch, 1981. 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 Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-. Responses to survey on the impact of immigration on U.S. physics, 1999. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Nix, Foster Cary, 1905-. Oral history interview with Foster Cary Nix, 1975 June 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Landauer, Rolf William, 1927-1999. Oral history interview with Rolf William Landauer, 1984 October 17. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Gordon, James Power, 1928-. Oral history interview with James Gordon, 1983 November 4. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bloembergen, N. Laser pioneer interview series, 1985-1986. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Niels Bohr Library. History of physics audio-visual collection, circa 1918-1996, 1960-1988 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Prokhorov, A. M. (Aleksandr Mikhaĭlovich), 1916-. Oral history interview A. M. Prokhorov, 1984 September 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Garmire, E. Oral history interview with Elsa Meints Garmire, 1985 February 4. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1984 January 28 and 31. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1987 May 20 and 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Strandberg, M. W. P. (Malcolm Woodrow Pershing), 1919-. Oral history interview with Malcolm Woodrow Pershing Strandberg, 1983 June 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Stickley, Carlisle Martin, 1933-. Oral history interview with Carlisle Martin Stickley, 1984 September 22. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Watson, Kenneth M. Oral history interview with Kenneth M. Watson, 1986 February 10. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Papers of Charles H. Townes. Library of Congress
referencedIn DeMaria, Anthony John, 1931-. Oral history interview with Anthony John DeMaria, 1984 April 13. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Clauser, John F. (John Francis), 1942-. Oral history interview with John F. Clauser, 2002. 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 Otting, William Joseph, 1919-. Response to Laser History Project Survey, 1983. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Optical Society of America. Outline of 1971 annual meeting in Tucson , 1971. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005. Oral history interview with Gordon Gould, 1983 April 8 and October 23. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Gordon, James Power, 1928-. Oral history interview with James Gordon, 1986 October 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Mayer, Cornell Henry, 1921-. Oral history interview with Cornell Henry Mayer, 1986 November 8. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Proposal and cover letter submitted to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for research on a maser to amplify or oscillate at infrared frequencies, 1958. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008. Oral history interview with John Archibald Wheeler, 1988 May 4 to November 28. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Townes, Charles H. Memoranda from Bell Telephone Laboratories concerning applications of microwave spectroscopy (1946); letters from Townes to Joan Bromberg regarding these memoranda and the Laser History Project, 1946-1987. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Lamb, Willis E. (Willis Eugene), 1913-2008. Oral History interview with W. E. Lamb, 1985. 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
referencedIn Abella, Isaac D., 1934-. Oral history interview with Isaac D. Abella, 1985 October 22. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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Massachusetts--Boston
United States
United States
California--Berkeley
Subject
Science and state--Government policy
Masers
Physicists--Interviews
Inventions
Lasers
Nonlinear optics
Lasers--history
Patents
World War, 1939-1945
Science--Security measures
Radio astronomy
Astronomy
Scientists in government
Physics
Science--Political aspects
Nobel prizes
Physics--Research
Microwave spectroscopy
Astrophysics--Research
Occupation
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