Dennis Gabor’s invention of holography in the 1940s earned the physicist a Nobel prize. Development of the laser popularized holograms starting in the ’60s. Yet, much of what passes as holography—including the recent Tupac resurrection—is actually a centuries-old optical trick known as Pepper’s ghost.  Pictured, Hungarian-born British physicist Professor Dennis Gabor (left) receives the 1971 Nobel Prize for Physics from King Gustav Adolf of Sweden.

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Dennis Gabor’s invention of holography in the 1940s earned the physicist a Nobel prize. Development of the laser popularized holograms starting in the ’60s. Yet, much of what passes as holography—including the recent Tupac resurrection—is actually a centuries-old optical trick known as Pepper’s ghost.  Pictured, Hungarian-born British physicist Professor Dennis Gabor (left) receives the 1971 Nobel Prize for Physics from King Gustav Adolf of Sweden.

Photograph by Keystone/Getty Images

Holographic History

History of Holography
History of Holography

Dennis Gabor’s invention of holography in the 1940s earned the physicist a Nobel prize. Development of the laser popularized holograms starting in the ’60s. Yet, much of what passes as holography—including the recent Tupac resurrection—is actually a centuries-old optical trick known as Pepper’s ghost.  Pictured, Hungarian-born British physicist Professor Dennis Gabor (left) receives the 1971 Nobel Prize for Physics from King Gustav Adolf of Sweden.

Photograph by Keystone/Getty Images
Cartier (1972)
Cartier (1972)

A hologram of a hand reaching out of a store window at the Cartier Fifth Avenue flagship captivates passersby.

Princess Leia (1977)
Princess Leia (1977)

Presaging the videoconference, Princess Leia appeals to Obi-Wan Kenobi via hologram in Star Wars.

Photograph by Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection
National Geographic (1984)
National Geographic (1984)

National Geographic becomes the first mass circulation publication to put a hologram on its cover.

Alexander McQueen (2006)
Alexander McQueen (2006)

Designer Alexander McQueen caps his fall fashion show with a hologram of model Kate Moss.

CNN (2008)
CNN (2008)

During election-night coverage, CNN “beams up” on-location correspondent Jessica Yellin into its studio.

Tupac Shakur (2012)
Tupac Shakur (2012)

Deceased rapper Tupac Shakur materializes on stage at the Coachella outdoor music festival.