Sometimes, its not what, its who !

Its so nice to be surprised and how often does it really happen today? I was talking with a good friend of mine the other day about a small sideline project I have on the go to do with lasers. After a brief chat about my collimation issues with this HeNe beam, he happened to mention that he knew and was good friends with J R Acton creator of the Dekatron tube and one of this countries laser pioneers.

He was one of the first people to add neon to the helium lasing medium, initially to stabilise the breakdown of helium metastables to single ion ground states, thereby increasing efficiency.
Even at 91 years age this amazing chap is still sharp as a tack. His current endeavour is researching Bach and pre Bach symphonies with a view to writing his own! My friend is incredibly lucky to have such a scientific guru.
If only we were all so lucky ?!

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