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Message 1633731 - Posted: 27 Jan 2015, 23:16:09 UTC

We were saddened to learn that colleague Professor Charles Townes died this morning, January 27th, at the age of 99. A professor at UC Berkeley since 1967, Townes had a long and distinguished career, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 for work that led to the development of the laser. He was active in research as recently as last year, making regular visits to his office at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory, and to Mount Wilson Observatory where he worked to develop the Infrared Spatial Interferometer telescope. His broad research interests included the search for extraterrestrial intelligence - as co-author of a 1961 paper, he was one of the first to discuss interstellar communication using lasers. This gave rise to the rapidly growing field of optical SETI, including searches currently underway at UC Berkeley. Prof. Townes also served as an Advisory Board Member to the new Foundation for Investing in Research on SETI Science and Technology. We will miss him here at UC Berkeley, and send our condolences to his wife Frances and family.
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Message 1633737 - Posted: 27 Jan 2015, 23:31:50 UTC

RIP Professor Townes.
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Message 1633744 - Posted: 27 Jan 2015, 23:55:08 UTC

I'm very sorry to hear about Prof. Townes. Godspeed good sir, Godspeed.
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Message 1633780 - Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 0:55:55 UTC

RIP Prof Townes, visionaries such as you are a big part of why this community exists, we owe you much gratitude.
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Message 1633869 - Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 5:25:35 UTC - in response to Message 1633780.  

RIP Prof Townes, visionaries such as you are a big part of why this community exists, we owe you much gratitude.

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Message 1633973 - Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 9:15:44 UTC

Rest In Peace, Professor Townes.
I am sure he shall be missed by many in the scientific community, and especially by those at UC Berkeley.
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Message 1634171 - Posted: 28 Jan 2015, 18:56:36 UTC

RIP Professor Townes.
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Message 1634442 - Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 7:01:59 UTC

R.I.P.
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Message 1634444 - Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 7:03:53 UTC - in response to Message 1634442.  

R.I.P.

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Message 1634531 - Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 13:28:44 UTC

My condolences.
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Message 1634921 - Posted: 30 Jan 2015, 8:08:57 UTC

Very sorry to hear this. Less than two weeks ago while on a tour of the Space Sciences Laboratory I got a chance to stop outside Professor Townes' office and hear about his contributions and successes. He was not in the office that day but even so it was exciting to be visiting the seat of such a creator and discoverer.
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Message 1635761 - Posted: 31 Jan 2015, 17:54:20 UTC
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RIP Dr.Townes.

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Message 1636016 - Posted: 1 Feb 2015, 9:16:18 UTC

You might want to view this article and watch the video. He was an enthusiast and an achiever..


http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/01/27/nobel-laureate-and-laser-inventor-charles-townes-dies-at-99/

Rest now as you have successfully passed the torch of knowledge to others and shown them the way...
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Message 1636110 - Posted: 1 Feb 2015, 15:41:33 UTC

It is not every day when someone such as Professor Charles Townes come along. His accomplishments have benefited the entire world and he deserves the respect and accolades that go along with those accomplishments! The world has lost a great man and a great mind. .............May he rest in peace.........
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Message 1636226 - Posted: 1 Feb 2015, 19:57:50 UTC

R.I.P.
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Message 1638292 - Posted: 6 Feb 2015, 19:53:12 UTC

R. I. P. Prof. Charles Townes
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Message 1650212 - Posted: 7 Mar 2015, 2:34:41 UTC

R.I.P.
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Message 1654680 - Posted: 19 Mar 2015, 21:57:49 UTC - in response to Message 1633731.  

My family and I offer our sympathies and condolences to Prof. Townes' family and friends.
He made this world a better place.
I saw sea-horses.
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