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Arthur Schawlow’s toy gun contains a laser tuned to pass through a transparent surface.

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Arthur Schawlow

Arthur Schawlow advanced the field of laser spectroscopy, receiving a share of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.

He served as OSA president in 1975 and was a Frederic Ives medalist. His toy guy contains a laser tuned to pass through a transparent surface. (Photo: AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection)

(Courtesy of AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection)