Fact File about the Invention of the Laser: *** Date of Invention: 1960 *** Name of Inventor: Ted Maiman *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1927 - 2007 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Cold War *** Category: Technology *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Ted Maiman, and
his invention ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Laser? The Laser was invented by Ted Maiman in 1960 during the Cold War era of inventions which was a totally outstanding addition to advancements made in the area of Technology.
Fact 2: Who invented the Laser? The conception of the laser traces back
to a theory proposed by Albert Einstein in 1917. Prior to the invention of the
Laser in 1960, radio, X-rays and radioactivity which generated significant
interest in the power that might be held in rays of light.
Fact 3: Who invented the Laser? Without the invention of the LASER "Light
Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" there would be no fiber optic
data transmission systems that send information over fiber by turning electronic
signals into light.
Fact 4: Who invented the Laser? Data on CDs (Compact
Discs), CD-ROMs, and DVDs, that are read by bouncing a laser beam off the
shiny surface of optical discs would never have been invented. Neither would
items such as supermarket bar code readers and and laser printers.
Fact 5: Who invented the Laser? Without the invention of the laser
millions of people would be blind who can now see. The laser enabled the
development of bladeless, pain free laser eye surgery and the invention of
Fact 6: Who invented the Laser? The inventor of the Laser, Ted Maiman, was born on July 11, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, United States and died on May 5, 2007.
He was destined to become one of the most important inventors of the 20th
Fact 7: Who invented the Laser? The early years of Theodore 'Ted' Harold Maiman were spent in Los Angeles, California
in the United States where he was raised by his family. Abraham "Abe" Maiman, an
electrical engineer and inventor, and his mother was Rose Abramson.
Fact 8: Who invented the Laser? The Maiman family relocated to Denver,
Colorado where Ted Maiman attended High School. His father had set up a home
electronics laboratory and Ted Maiman became interested in electronics, making
pin money by repairing radios and other electrical appliances.
Fact 9: Who invented the Laser? Following his education Ted Maiman's first job was as a
junior engineer with the National Union Radio Company. WW2 (1939 - 1945) broke
out and Ted joined the US Navy. At the end of the war he returned to education
and earned a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado
Fact 10: Who invented the Laser? In 1951 he went on to Stanford
University where he gained a Masters in Electrical Engineering and later, in
1955, earned a PhD in Physics. His thesis in Physics led his invention of the
Fact 11: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman then gained a position at
Hughes Research Laboratories where he led the ruby maser redesign project for
the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The maser (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated
Emission of Radiation") had been developed by Charles Hard Townes, James P.
Gordon and H. J. Zeiger and was the forerunner of the laser.
Fact 12: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman finished his Maser project in
1959 and turned his attention to the development of the laser. Others had
unsuccessfully tried to pump energy into a ruby but were unable to achieve
amplification of light.
Fact 13: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman made his breakthrough that
resulted in the invention Lasers when he realized that source of light did not
have to shine continuously. His basic idea of the laser was simple. It was to
use a tube that concentrated light over and over again until it emerged as a
really powerful beam.
Fact 14: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman, with the help of his
assistant Irnee d’Haenens, assembled a very bright lamp with a spiral shape and
fitted a synthetic ruby inside a tube. On May 16, 1960 Maiman and d’Haenens
observed pulses of red light. It was the world’s first laser.
Fact 15: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman filed for a patent for his
'Ruby Laser Systems on November 29, 1965 and patent number US3353115 was granted
on November 14, 1965.
Fact 16: Who invented the Laser? In 1966 Ted Maiman was recognized a
White House ceremony with the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Award for
distinguished contribution in the field of science
Fact 17: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman left the Hughes Research
Laboratories to become vice-president of the newly formed Quantatron company,
which grew in-house ruby crystals for lasers. He then became the president of
Konrad, a commercial laser company and then worked as a consultant in the laser
Fact 18: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman’s invention literally changed
the world and were especially valuable in the field of medicine including
dentistry and eye surgery..
Fact 19: Who invented the Laser? Ted Maiman died on May 5, 2007 from
systemic mastocytosis. He will be remembered as the "Father of the
electro-optics industry" due to his great invention.
Fact 20: Who invented the Laser? Recognition for Ted Maiman and his
invention continued posthumously with awards such as the 1984 Wolf Prize in
Physics, the Japan Prize, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize and was
inducted into the Inventors' Hall of Fame, also in 1984.
Fact 21: Impact of the Laser? Lasers are also used for defence in
detecting explosives and biochemical hazards, in the field of energy to ignite
nuclear fusion, for communications notably broadband internet, in manufacturing
for enabling intense cutting and welding power, in the environment for analysing
concentrations of greenhouse gases and were even used for measuring the distance
to the moon.