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Congratulations to Charles Kao

Purdy, Director of Publicity

News reached us yesterday that Charles Kao, widely regarded as the “Father of Fiber Optic Communications,” shares the Nobel prize for discovering how to transmit light signals long distance through hair-thin glass fibers that led to fiber-optic communication networks that zip video, voice, and high-speed Internet data worldwide in a split-second. We here at Oxford University Press, Inc. wish to congratulate Professor Kao and his fellow Nobel recipients, Willard S. Boyle, and George E. Smith, for their work with optics.

For more information on fiber optics I encourage all to check out Jeff Hecht’s City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics, which references Kao’s work, and visit here.

A fiber-optic timeline is available here.

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