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Samuel Blum

American Jewish Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Samuel Blum: Inducted into
the National Inventors Hall of

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Blum was working with Rangaswamy and James Wynnne at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center when they observed the effect of the ultraviolet excimer laser on biological materials. They investigated further and they found that the laser made clean, precise cuts that would be ideal for delicate surgery.

Millions of people throughout the world have achieved improved eyesight through LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Keratomileusis). This surgery helped people discard their eye glasses and contacts. The procedure uses an ultraviolet excimer laser to reshape the cornea without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Samuel Blum was born on August 28, 1920 in New York City. His family moved to Piscataway, New Jersey. He went through the Piscataway public schools. He attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in 1942.

After graduation, Blum was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was certified in meteorology and weather forecasting. When he was discharged from the Navy, Blum attended Rutgers University and received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, in 1950.
After graduation, Blum worked at Batelle Memorial Institute for a few years. He then joined the staff at the Watson Research Center and was there for 31 years when he retired.

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