#<p><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-12222" alt="r6uhkgtsix9vtvl3pjd4" src="http://channeleye.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/r6uhkgtsix9vtvl3pjd4-334x260.jpg" width="334" height="260" />The boffin who laid the foundations for the development of the laser has died. Charles Townes was 99.</p>
<p>Townes who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 is best known as the “inventor” of the laser but he was also a pioneer in the field of infrared astronomy and was the first to discover water in space. <a href="http://channeleye.co.uk/laser-inventor-dies/" class="read_more">more&#187;</a></p><div class="feedflare">
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