Did you know that in 1967 Theodore Maiman, an American physicist and engineer, received a patent for the world’s first working laser? He suggested using a man-made ruby, but other scientists did not think it would work. Maiman’s laser was successfully fired on May 16, 1960 and produced red laser light. Theodore Maiman’s discovery led to the development of many other types of lasers. Lasers are used in numerous ways including barcode scanners, medicine, science, entertainment, and fiber optic communication.
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LASER is an acronym. It stands for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Theodore Maiman received many awards for this discovery and invention. He also received patents for other inventions including masers, laser displays, optical scanning, and more.
Theodore Maiman wrote a book, The Laser Odyssey, which describes developing the first laser.