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Isaac David Abella (born June 20, 1934, Toronto, Ontario) is Professor of Physics at The University of Chicago.[1] He specializes in laser physics, quantum optics, and spectroscopy.[2] Isaac is the cousin of Irving Abella.

Abella received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1957) from the University of Toronto, Master of Arts (1959) degree, and Ph.D. (1963) in Physics from Columbia University in New York. He studied under Charles H. Townes and was involved in the early research work of laser development. Notably, Abella's thesis under Townes was among the earliest work on two-photon absorption.

He was married to the late MaryAnn Abella, Professor of Art, Chicago State University.[3] He has a son Benjamin, and daughter, Sarah.


  1. ^ "Isaac Abella", Department of Physics, University of Chicago, 2008
  2. ^ "Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering", Marquis Who's Who, 10th Edition 2008
  3. ^ "Mary Ann Abella", Chicago Chronicle, Vol.23 No.17, 27 May 2004

External links

  • I. D. Abella and C. H. Townes. "Mode Characteristics and Coherence in Optical Ruby Masers", Nature 192, 957(1961)
  • N.A. Kurnit, I.D. Abella, S.R. Hartmann, "Observation of a Photon Echo", Physical Review Letters,13, 567 - 568 (1964)
  • I. D. Abella, N. A. Kurnit, and S. R. Hartmann, "Photon Echoes", Phys. Rev. 141, 391 - 406 (1966)
  • A. E, Siegman, Lasers, University Science Press, Sausalito CA, 1986
  • Charles Townes. "How the Laser Happened", Oxford University Press, 1999
  • J. Hecht, "The Race to Make the First Laser", Oxford University Press, 2005


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Isaac David Abella (born June 20, 1934) is Professor of Physics at The University of Chicago. He specializes in laser physics, quantum optics, and spectroscopy. Isaac is the cousin of Irving Abella.


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    * It is not value-free.
    This question would not pass scrutiny on an SAT test, since it unfairly favors one ethnic and gender group over another: e.g., it favors the NY and Brooklyn establishment over the Midwest Rust Belt, and pits female latke workers against male hamantash bakers. In short, it is Politically Incorrect. Physics does not ask which is better: the proton or neutron, baryon or lepton, helium or neon, the conductor or insulator. These are simply properties of nature. Rather, physics asks: “Why?” or “Which is more important or more fundamental?” or “Who published it first?”
    • as quoted in Ruth Fredman Cernea, Ted (FRW) Cohen (2006). The great latke-hamantash debate. University of Chicago Press. p. 153. ISBN 0226100243.  

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