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40 years later

Niskayuna’s Ivar Giaever recalls the morning he got word of winning the Nobel Prize

Ivar Giaever, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for physics,  sits in the living room of his home on Van Antwerp Road in Niskayuna. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
Ivar Giaever, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for physics, sits in the living room of his home on Van Antwerp Road in Niskayuna. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
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October 23, 1973 was a big day at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Niskayuna. Everyone and everything was ready to help celebrate the 100th birthday of physicist William D. Coolidge, the man who vastly improved the efficiency of X-ray machines and light bulbs. Coolidge was still very much alive and would be there at the festivities that day with his colleagues, sipping champagne and eating a large cake adorned with 100 candles made to ...

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