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Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99
Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99

Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99. Townes, who had been in failing health, died Tuesday in Oakland while on his way to a hospital, according to UC Berkeley. He had been a professor of physics at the university since 1967. ------------ FOR THE RECORD Jan 28, 3:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this obituary stated that Charles Townes died in Berkeley. He died in Oakland. Also, it said that Townes and Mother Teresa were the only two people to win both the Nobel and the Templeton prizes. There have been a handful of...

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