The Townes Laser Institute

Frances Townes speaks to The Street Spirit about her social work (Nov 2006)

Source: The Street Spirit

Frances Townes' Book: Misadventures of A Scientist's Wife

"The Twentieth Century has been a time of great discovery for both men and women. Charles Townes, the scientist of Adventures of a Scientist, received the Nobel Prize in 1964 for discovering the principles behind the Laser, the practical application sof which has transformed modern civilization. Frances Townes, his wife, has also been on a trail of discovery, searching for the core of individual relatedness that must lie behind and beyond technology if our civilization is to survive her work withhomeless and runaway youth in Berkeley, California, has been groundbreaking. Born in 1916, just as women were getting the vote, Frances confronted the conflicting demands of her generation. Her personal experiences, broader struggles and triumphs have helped redefine the role of women in the modern world."