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I've already given my support this nomination. If I understood it corrrectly, it recognizes a very significant, theoretical invention which was demonstrated much later. I also agree with the comments that have clarified the mention to the Laser in the citation.
My grain of sand is to point out that Denis Gabor was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1970 "For his ingenious and exciting discovery and verification of the principles of holography."
This other IEEE citation from 1970 says "discovery" and "verification" Does "discovering the principles of Holography" constitute an invention?