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APSU celebrates year of the laser by honoring history professor in surprise event

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In 1960, Hughes Lab researcher Theodore Maiman built the world’s first laser using a flash lamp to stimulate a pink ruby rod.

Then on July 21st, 1963, Dr. Dewey Browder, professor and chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of History and Philosophy, took the first picture of light from a military laser while a photographer with the U.S. Army Air Defense Command.

He accomplished this feat in the infancy of the laser, which was created 50 years ago this year.

Dr. Jamie Taylor (left), dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Science and Mathematics, and Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, unveil a framed poster to honor Browder during the 50th anniversary of the laser. Browder is the first to photograph successfully a laser beam. (Photo by Bill Persinger, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

Dr. Jamie Taylor (left), dean of the Austin Peay State University College of Science and Mathematics, and Dr. Dewey Browder, chair of the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, unveil a framed poster to honor Browder during the 50th anniversary of the laser. Browder is the first to photograph successfully a laser beam. (Photo by Bill Persinger, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

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