Celebrating laser inventor Charles Townes' 99th birthday

Laser inventor Charles Hard Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, turns 99 on July 28, and an adoring campus is throwing him a long-overdue birthday party.

Only now nearing retirement -- he plans to shutter his physics department office this summer, but will continue to make daily visits to his office at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory -- Townes' career highlights include a 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the laser, ground-breaking astronomical research, wide-ranging admiration for his efforts to reconcile science and religion, 31 honorary degrees and 38 awards.

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