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James P. Gordon

Born: Mar 20, 1928

Death: Jun 21, 2013

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

James P. Gordon

Date of Birth : Mar 20, 1928
Date of Death : Jun 21, 2013
Birth Place : New York City

James Power Gordon was an American physicist known for his work in the fields of optics and quantum electronics. His contributions include the design, analysis and construction of the first maser in 1954 as a doctoral student at Columbia University under the supervision of C. H. Townes, development of the quantal equivalent of Shannon’s information capacity formula in 1962, development of the theory for the diffusion of atoms in an optical trap in 1980, and the discovery of what is now known as the Gordon-Haus effect in soliton transmission, together with H. A. Haus in 1986. James P. Gordon was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science.

Awards Won


  • Frederic Ives Medal
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