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Ali Javan papers

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Identifier: MC-0617

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Ali Javan. Materials include correspondence, subject files, lectures, publications, grant applications, slide negatives, and lecture, research, and teaching notes.


  • Creation: circa 1980-1999


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Biographical Note

Ali Javan (1926-2016) earned a PhD in physics from Columbia University in 1954. He worked at Bell Laboratories, he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) in 1961 as an associate professor of physics. In 1978 Javan was named the first Francis Wright Professor of Physics at MIT, and became an emeritus professor in 1996. He is recognized for his leadership and original contributions in the field of lasers and quantum electronics, and won international acclaim for his invention of the world's first laser to operate continuously, with unprecedented color purity and accuracy.

MIT News Office obituary:


20.3 Cubic Feet (20 record cartons and 1 manuscript box)

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 November 22: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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