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Townes   (tounz)  Pronunciation Key 
American physicist who invented the maser, laying the foundation for the development of laser technology. In 1964 he shared with Russian physicists Nicolay Gennadiyevich Basov and Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov the Nobel Prize for physics.
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