Close Encounters of the Townes Kind

John N. Howard

OSA historian John Howard recalls a few treasured moments spent in the company of laser pioneer Charles Townes.


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Let me start by saying that I do not know Charles Townes particularly well. I was not a close colleague or student, and I did not see him often at OSA meetings. Nevertheless, I, like so many others, have been inspired by his genius, and I cherish the few encounters that I have had with this optics giant.

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