Theodore Maiman

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Theodore MaimanName: Theodore Harold "Ted" Maiman

Born: July 11, 1927, Los Angeles, California, USA

Death: May 5, 2007 (Age: 80)

Computer related contributions

  • American physicist.
  • Made the first laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).


  • The Laser Odyssey, which describes the events surrounding the creation of the first laser.

Honors and awards

  • Stuart Ballantine Medal (1962)
  • Wolf Prize in Physics (1983)
  • Japan Prize (1987)


"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

"Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG."