Charles H. Townes


Interview, December 2001

Interview with Professor Charles H. Townes by Joanna Rose, science writer, 7 December 2001.

Professor Townes discusses the development of masers, how success grew out of
failure (1:38), and the moment of the discovery (3:20). He explains why from time to time he
changes his field (9:22) – Townes is now doing astronomy – and also talks about his interest in languages and music (13:24), and how religion and science can converge (14:09).

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