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

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Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, 1994 - Science - 691 pages
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Townes discusses his family background in South Carolina, education at Furman, Duke, Caltech, Bell Telephone Laboratories; his career as a professor of physics and research Officer in the Navy including research in microwave spectroscopy, the maser and the laser, quantam physics, issues surrounding patents, his Nobel prize, Berkeley in the 60's, astrophysics and infrared work, among others. Includes interview with Townes' wife, Frances Brown Townes.

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Contents

PREFACE 1
INTERVIEW HISTORYby Suzanne Riess
ix
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
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FAMILY BACKGROUND
1
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
18
FURTHER FAMILY BACKGROUND
28
FURTHER INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS
43
CALTECH
54
COMMITTEES DIRECTORSHIPS
339
DISARMAMENT WORK
353
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYMIT 19611966
364
Townes Students and Scientific Work at MIT
374
NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
389
TRANSITION FROM MIT TO BERKELEY 19661967
403
GENERAL MOTORS
411
THE MATTER OF PATENTS
422

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 19481955
112
MOMENT OF DISCOVERY OF THE MASER
141
WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENTTHE MILITARY
222
IDAINSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES 19591961
267
MORE THOUGHTS ON THE MASER
277
THE JASON GROUP
307
HONORS AND TRAVELS 1992
318
IDA CONTINUED
327
UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY 1967
466
TOWNES WORK SINCE 1967
503
GOVERNMENT SERVICE 19501990
548
AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCES TOWNES
603
TAPE GUIDE
662
INDEX
683
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