Father of fibre optics wins Nobel Prize

Article posted 091111
Charles Kao, in 1966 a pioneer in promoting optical fibres for communication, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. The award was announced by the Swedish Royal Academy with the motivation  “for ground-breaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication.”

In 1966, Charles K. Kao’s discoveries led to a breakthrough in fibre optics. Kao carefully calculated how to transmit light over long distances via optical glass fibres, thus laying the foundation for communication in today’s information age.

Kao shares the Nobel Prize with Willard Boyle, of US and Canadian citizenship, and American George Smith. Boyle and Smith receive the award for the development of the CCD sensor, the electronic eye of the digital camera.