Arthur L. Schawlow

Born: 1921
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, N.Y

Laser—Co-inventor of the laser. Schawlow worked with Charles H. Townes who was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1976. Today the laser is prevalent in many areas, including the medical, defense, and communications fields. Schawlow is also a 1981 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics for his work in laser spectroscopy. (1996)

Died: 1999