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Juneteenth Celebration Marks Achievements of African American Innovators in Silicon Valley
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The Tech Museum event honors Dr. Robert Thornton's life and scientific achievements at PARC

16 June 2012
10:00am-3:00pm
The Tech Museum -- New Venture Hall, San Jose, California

 

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Dr. Robert Thornton's works will be front and center June 16th at The Tech Museum during a free, daylong celebration marking the accomplishments of notable African-Americans in science and technology in and around the valley. 

Thornton pioneered many innovations at PARC, including a multi-beam, edge-emitting semiconductor laser and a vertical-cavity, surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). His inventions enabled significant increases in speed for products such as laser printers and more. 

Dr. Christopher Chua, Principal Scientist at PARC, will honor Dr. Thornton and his work through a panel discussion at the event.