14. Bill Brown on the Power of Lasers
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The first working laser was operated by Theodore Maiman on May 16 1960 at the Hughes Research Laboratory in California. Maiman may have been the first person to operate a laser, but the theory behind them dates back to Einstein in the early 20th century. He was already thinking about a way to amplify light and its source before we had the means to do it.

After their pioneering use in the 60s, it didn’t take long for medicine to take note and start testing lasers. Today's guest is Bill Brown, who became interested in lasers and their use in dentistry during that pioneering period of engineering history. Bill is one of the last men standing from the early period of lasers and their use in dentistry and he’s seen a lot of change over the years.

Bill currently serves as Vice President of innovation and Business Development at BIOLASE, a world leader in dental lasers.

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What's In This Episode

  • Where does Bill get his drive and energy?
  • The pioneering use of lasers in dentistry.
  • Why you should try and push outside of your comfort zone.
  • Bill’s health struggles in his early life.
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