The Father of Fibre Optics – Academic Dialogue Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Professor Sir Charles Kao being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
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Date:
1 November 2019

Time:
11:00 am

Venue:
Cho Yiu Hall, G/F, University Administration Building, CUHK

Enquiries:
Communications and Public Relations Office, CUHK
Tel.: 3943 8677
Email: cpr@cuhk.edu.hk


Event Details:

i) Certificate Presentation to Scholarship Recipients
Officiating Guest: Lady Gwen Kao


ii) Academic Dialogue
Speakers:
(1) Professor Sir David Payne, Optoelectronics Research Centre, The University of Southampton 
(2) Professor Kenneth Young, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Facilitator:
Professor Lian Kuan Chen, Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Biography of Professor Sir Charles Kao and his scientific accomplishments
Professor Sir Charles Kao studied in Hong Kong and Britain in his early life, and obtained a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from University of London in 1965. In 1966, he published a paper which proposed using glass fibres as a conductor for optic communication. He then travelled around and convinced different scientists to believe into the favourable quality of optical fibres. He persistently conducted research. The first generation fibre optic communication system was deployed in 1976, bringing improvements in communication flow, and starting the era of optic fibre communication. Professor Kao was being named as the ‘Father of Fibre Optics', and was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for recognition of his groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication.





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