Charles Hard Townes

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Noun1.Charles Hard Townes - United States physicist who developed the laser and maser principles for producing high-intensity radiation (1915-)
physicist - a scientist trained in physics
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-- Charles H. Townes, the co-inventor of the laser and a Nobel laureate in physics who unapologetically spoke of his strong spiritual faith, has died.
-- Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.
Inspired by Einstein's theories, a generation of scientists, including American Charles H. Townes and Russians Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov had developed the laser's precursor, the maser, in the early 1950s.