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Suggested Citation:"Curriculum Vitae, Dr. Arthur L. Schawlow." National Research Council. 1983. Lasers and Their Uses. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18699.
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Curriculum Vitae DR. ARTHUR L. SCHAWLOW Professor of Physics, Stanford University Arthur L. Schawlow is J. G. Jackson and C. J. Wood Professor of Physics at Stanford University. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, he received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1949. After two years as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at Columbia University, he became a research physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. In 1960 he was a visiting associate professor at Columbia University. Since 1961 he has been professor of physics at Stanford University and was chairman of the Department of Physics from 1966 to 1970. His research has been in the fields of optical and microwave spectroscopy, nuclear quadrupole resonance, superconductivity, and lasers. With C. H. Townes he is coauthor of a book, Microwave Spectroscopy, and of the first paper describing optical masers, which are now lasers. For this latter work Schawlow and Townes were awarded the Stuart Ballantine medal by the Franklin Institute as well as the Thomas Young medal and prize by the Physical Society and Institute of Physics. Schawlow was also awarded the Morris N. Liebmann memorial prize by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 1976 he was awarded the Fredrick Ives medal of the Optical Society of America "in recognition of his pioneering role in the invention of the laser, his continuing originality in the refinement of coherent optical sources, his productive vision in the application of optics to science and technology, his distinguished service to optics education and to the optics community, and his innovative contributions to the public understanding of optical sciences." He received the Nobel prize in 1981 for his contributions to the development of laser spectroscopy. Schawlow is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 27

the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Physics (Great Britain) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was chairman of the Division of Electron and Atomic Physics of the American Physical Society in 1974, president of the Optical Society of America in 1975, and chairman of the physics section of A.A.A.S. in 1979. He was president of the American Physical Society in 1981. He was chairman of Commission C. 15, Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy, of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics from 1978 to 1981 and chairman of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics from 1979 to 1982. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Ghent (Belgium), Toronto (Canada), and Bradford (England). Schawlow has given A.A.A.S. Holiday Science Lectures in Phila- delphia, Salt Lake City, and Durham and was the Richtmyer lecturer of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1970. He was the recipient of a senior postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He has also been the Cherwell-Simon lecturer at Oxford University (England), the Hoxton lecturer at the University of Virginia, and the W. V. Houston lecturer at Rice University. He received the Geoffrey Frew fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science, and in 1973 he was named California scientist of the year. In 1977 he was awarded the third Marconi international fellowship. Schawlow wrote the introductin to Scientific American Readings on Lasers and Light and three of the articles in that collection. He has appeared on television on the 21st Century program with Walter Cronkite and on the Experiment Series with Don Herbert as well as in films for Canadian and British TV networks. 28

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