Today’s internet technology would be nothing without Ali Javan, a scientist from Tehran who – together with William R. Bennett – originated the gas laser that is essential in today’s fiber optic communication.
Ali Javan was born on December the 26th in 1926 in Tehran. He started to study there but moved to the United States after the second World War.
There, he finished his studies in physics and further worked on the atomic clock research. In 1958 he joined the Bell laboratories and there developed the groundwork of the gas laser, a gas discharge Helium Neon laser. Even then he knew of the importance, this invention might have on future technologies.