Reprint published 31 August 2010 This reprint from Optical Engineering [Opt. Eng.49, 091002 (2010)] is reproduced in Applied Optics under joint agreement by both journals.
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LASERS: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS (INVITED ONLY)
Jeff Hecht, "A short history of laser development," Appl. Opt. 49, F99-F122 (2010)