William R. Bennett, Jr.
June 29, 2008
OSA Remembers Fellow Emeritus William R. Bennett, Jr. William R. Bennett, Jr., co-inventor of the first gas laser and an OSA Fellow Emeritus, died on June 29, 2008 of cancer of the esophagus at his home in Haverford, Pa. He was 78.
In 1960, Bennett, Ali Javan and Donald Herriott built the first gas laser (the helium-neon laser) at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. Bennett also discovered...