Gordon Gould

Physicist Gordon Gould

Profession: Physicist

United States of America

Biography: Gould is widely credited with inventing the first laser, a major innovation of the 20th century. While he applied for a patent in 1959, it led to a 20-year legal battle with the Patent Office, which finally issued him with a patent in 1977.

Born: July 17, 1920
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: September 16, 2005 (aged 85)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events

  • 1977-10-11 American inventor Gordon Gould issued his first US patent for a optically pumped laser amplifier, 20 years after first claiming to have invented the laser
  • 1987-11-03 Gordon Gould issued US patent US4704583 for the laser, ending his 30-year battle to be credited as the inventor of the laser

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