This Day in Jewish History 1967: The First Laser Is Patented After Its Unlikely Invention

Theodore Maiman let down his father by not becoming a doctor, but today the medical profession is beholden to his penchant for not listening to anybody else.

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On November 14, 1967, electrical engineer Theodore Maiman received a patent for his invention of the first laser, a device for creating a high-energy beam of artificial light that would have widespread...