In this video from 1983, Ted Maiman recalls the birth of the laser in his lab at Hughes.
World's first laser, invented by fomer SFU adjunct professor Theodore Maiman
The history and uses of lasers (Theodore Maiman)
Maiman's first laser light shines again
Theodore Harold "Ted" Maiman was an American engineer and physicist who is widely credited with the invention of the laser. Maiman's laser led to the subsequent development of many other types of lasers. The laser was successfully fired on May 16, 1960. In a July 7, 1960 press conference in Manhattan, Maiman and his employer, Hughes Aircraft Company, announced the laser to the world. Maiman was granted a patent for his invention, and he received many awards and honors for his work. Maiman's experiences in developing the first laser and subsequent related events are described in his book, The Laser Odyssey.