Theodore Harold Maiman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Theodore Harold Maiman was born in Los Angeles, California back in 1927 to Abraham and Rose.  Still a youngster the family moved to Denver, Colorado.  In his teens he earned money by repairing electric appliances and radios.  At 17 he was employed as a junior engineer with the National Union Radio Company.

During World War II he served in the United States Navy.  After being discharged, he earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He continued his education at Stanford University earning a M.S. in electrical engineering in 1951 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1955.  In 1956, he started working for the Atomic Physics Department of Hughes Aircraft Company.  he died in 2007, he was 79.

What you may not know about Theodore is that he was also an inventor.  In 1960, he received a patent for the first laser. 

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Comments (20)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - That was a revolutionary discovery.  I might remember reading about this is a popular science magazine.

Sep 18, 2021 02:52 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My brother needs his fridge repaired so it would be nice to call upon the 17-year-old version of this man to fix the fridge, haha.

Sep 18, 2021 05:01 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Another invention that has aided many industries.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Sep 18, 2021 05:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - understanding lasers is far above my level of understanding.  Thankfully, there are many people like Theodore who are around today.   

Sep 18, 2021 05:28 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is fun to read through your stories for the surprise endings.  Thank you for the intrigue and the education.

Sep 18, 2021 06:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Sep 18, 2021 07:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Once again someone I have never heard of. That's a pretty impressive invention - look what can be done with lasers today?!

Sep 18, 2021 09:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another inspiring story, and I am thinking of all the amazing uses of the laser.  Great invention.  A

Sep 18, 2021 09:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

That is a very important invention. Another life well lived for sure. 

Sep 18, 2021 10:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Theodore souds like a man after my own heart James Dray . I love to tinker but in this day and age tinkering doesn't pay when you can replace with new cheeper then repairing an item.

Sep 18, 2021 10:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jyames- that really was an invention that has continued to change the world we live in. 

Sep 18, 2021 12:47 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... funny how we live with lasers and probably take them for granted without ever thinking about who discovered them.

Sep 18, 2021 12:49 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

That is so very wild. Now we have defensive lasers that give bursts of 1 billionth of a second.

Sep 18, 2021 04:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I didn't know too much about Theodore but it's pretty impressive nonetheless! Interesting

Sep 18, 2021 09:40 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Rocky Dickerson I did not know any of that about the lasers! That's absolutely literally stunning to me

Sep 18, 2021 09:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James too bad he was in the Navy instead of in the US ARMY:)) just kidding, Endre

Sep 18, 2021 11:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, fun to read about an interesting and inventive man who started here in Denver! 

Sep 19, 2021 05:26 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Missed this one yesterday while travelling. Think it is the first one I missed on a daily basis in a very long time. Need to stay "lasered" focused here in the Rain, ha, ha! Enjoy your day.

Sep 19, 2021 06:05 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I wish our  youth would read these stories of achievement instead of wanting to create video games.

Sep 20, 2021 06:34 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Obtaining a patent for the first laser was quite an accomplishment and opened the door for the discovery of many applications for the use of lasers.

Nov 28, 2021 09:52 AM