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Father of Fibre Optics Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Chinese born British-American researcher Charles Kao has received the prestigious physics Nobel Prize for his life-long contribution to the development of fibre optics.

Since the 1960’s Kao has been working at Harlow’s Standard Telecommunication Laboratories when dramatically improving the purity of fibre glass materials. His inventions have allowed the world to greatly extend the maximum distance of transporting digital signals through fibre optics – from a few meters in the 1960’s up to 100 km and more nowadays. The Nobel academy’s secretary general stressed the inventions of Kao “have built the foundation to our modern information society”.


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