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.

John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

<b></b>John T. Myers, House Republican from Indiana, dies at 87

Mr. Myers represented a swath of western Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years.

Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

Diana Engel, co-founder of Levine music school, dies at 77

An amateur pianist, Ms. Engel also was a community activist and a lawyer specializing in family law.

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.

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