Charles H. Townes, Columbia University professor and Nobel Laureate, explains his invention the maser during a news conference in New York City, Jan. 25, 1955.  The maser, microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, uses directly the energy radiated by molecules of ammonia gas.  (AP Photo)

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Charles H. Townes, Nobel laureate and laser pioneer, dies

Charles H. Townes, 99, made a habit of changing jobs because he was always searching for new puzzles.

Bill Monbouquette, pitcher for Red Sox, dies at 78

Bill Monbouquette, pitcher for Red Sox, dies at 78

While pitching for his hometown Boston Red Sox, Mr. Monbouquette threw a no-hitter and was an All Star.

Tommy Mason, All-Pro NFL running back, dies at 75

Tommy Mason, All-Pro NFL running back, dies at 75

Mr. Mason starred for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1960s.

Demis Roussos, Greek singer who enticed millions, dies at 68

Demis Roussos, Greek singer who enticed millions, dies at 68

Mr. Roussos was once part of the rock band Aphrodite’s Child.

Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

Milton Rosen, engineer and NASA executive, dies at 99

Mr. Rosen led the United States’ first satellite venture and was the space agency’s launch-vehicle director.

Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

Martha Derthick, authority on Social Security, dies at 81

Dr. Derthick, a retired Brookings and U-Va. scholar, was a leading authority in public policy.

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Ernie Banks, baseball great known as ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

Mr. Banks, a Hall of Fame infielder for the Chicago Cubs, was one of baseball’s sunniest ambassadors.

Peggy Charren, advocate for improving kids’ TV, dies at 86

Peggy Charren, advocate for improving kids’ TV, dies at 86

The activist started a grass-roots advocacy group and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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