Awards & Winners

Charles Hard Townes

Date of Birth 28-July-1915
Place of Birth Greenville
(South Carolina, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Charles H Townes
Profession Physicist, Scientist
Charles Hard Townes is an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and educator. Townes is known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, and other work in quantum electronics connected with both maser and laser devices. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 with Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov. The Japanese FM Towns computer and game console is named in his honour.

Awards by Charles Hard Townes

Check all the awards nominated and won by Charles Hard Townes.


National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For fundamental contributions to the understanding of matter through its interaction with electromagnetic radiations and the application of this knowledge to the service of mankind, most notably in the invention of the maser and laser.)


IEEE Medal of Honor
(for significant contributions in the field of quantum electronics which have led to the maser and the laser.)


Nobel Prize in Physics
(for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle)


John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science
Rumford Prize
(For his development of the laser.)