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Gordon Gould: Physics And Patents

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As internet connectivity becomes increasingly reliable, the curious among us may stop to wonder whom we have to thank for it. In the case of fiber optic internet, one of the founding fathers is physicist Gordon Gould (1920-2005), inventor of the optical amplifier. Optical amplifiers allow information to travel long distances via an optical technology similar to that of lasers, rather than first converting the information into an electrical signal. Arguably, Gould was also the inventor of the laser itself. Read More»