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The Man Who Invented the Laser

The Genius of Theodore H. Maiman

Series: Genius Inventors and Their Great Ideas

By Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Maiman was a graduate of the University of Colorado, which awarded him a B.S. in engineering physics in 1949. Later, he received his Ph.D. in physics in 1955 from Stanford University and began work at the Hughes Research Laboratory (HRL). There he concentrated on creating a device capable of converting mixed frequency electromagnetic radiation into highly amplified and coherent light of discrete frequency. Maiman later found that the accepted calculations of the fluorescence quantum efficiency of ruby were wrong and that the material could be used for his research. His persistence with ruby eventually paid off, for on May 16, 1960, the device he built using it became the world’s first operable laser (acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation).

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"Using a simple and attractive format, this title...emphasizes the perseverance of this lesser-known yet important inventor."

Book Links, November 2014

"In this fantastic series, each book covers a general overview of the subject's childhood and their goals. The people included were innovators and forward-thinking in their childhood, which makes them positive role models."

Library Media Connection, October 2014

"In addition to the informative text, the visual appeal will entice and engage young readers…this book is a great resource for aspiring inventors and young researchers."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, March 2014

"Each volume highlights a little-known inventor and explains how his invention came about. Struggles and successes are mentioned equally, showing the realistic trial and error of inventing ... these colorful titles are engaging, informative, and well packaged."

School Library Journal, March 2014

". . . colorful, accessible introductions to individual American inventors."

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