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Willis Lamb received the Nobel Prize in 1955 for revealing the fine structure of optical radiation from hydrogen. His work laid the foundation for quantum electrodynamics.

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Willis Lamb

OSA Honorary Member Willis Lamb laid the foundation for modern quantum electrodynamics (QED) and applied QED to multiple problems including the quantum theory of the laser.

He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in Physics for revealing the fine structure of optical radiation from hydrogen. (Photo: National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives)

(Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives)