There was a second problem that was still not a technical problem… the project became classified. I couldn’t work on it after having gone to all that trouble. I was considered a security risk, so I could not get a clearance.
But certainly the laser proved to be what I realized it was going to be. At that moment in my life I was too ignorant in business law to be able to do it right, and if I did it over again probably the same damn thing would happen.
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|Birth:||17th July, 1920|
|Death:||16th September, 2005|
Gordon Gould was born in New York City, New York, USA. He was an American physicist who is widely, but not universally, credited with the invention of the laser. He is best known for his thirty-year fight with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain patents for the laser and related technologies. He also fought with laser manufacturers in court battles to enforce the patents he subsequently did obtain. He earned a B.S. degree in physics at Union College in 1941 and an M.S. degree in physics at Yale University in 1943. In 1949 he went to Columbia University to work on a doctorate in optical and microwave spectroscopy.
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