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Theodore Maiman demonstrated the world’s first laser in May 1960.

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Theodore Maiman

In 1960 Theodore Maiman invented the first functioning laser while working at Hughes Aircraft Company.

He presented a paper on the laser at OSA’s fall meeting that year. He received OSA’s R.W. Wood Award in 1976. (Photo: Hughes Research Labs)

(Courtesy of Hughes Research Labs)