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Charles K. Kao

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The Honourable
Sir Charles Kuen Kao
高錕
GBM KBE FRS FREng
Born 4 November 1933 (1933-11-04) (age 84)
Shanghai, China[1]
Residence China (1933–1948)
Hong Kong
United Kingdom (1952–1970)
United States
Citizenship United States
United Kingdom[1]
Hong Kong[2]
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Fields Physics
Institutions The Chinese University of Hong Kong
ITT Corporation
Standard Telephones and Cables
Alma mater University College London (PhD 1965, issued by University of London)
Woolwich Polytechnic (BSc 1957, issued by University of London)
Doctoral advisor Harold Barlow
Known for Fiber optics
Fiber-optic communication

The Honourable Sir Charles Kuen Kao, GBM,[3] KBE,[4] FRS,[5] FREng[6] (born 4 November 1933) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong, American and British electrical engineer and physicist.

He helped discover the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications. Kao was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication".[7] Kao holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States.[8] Kao is known as the "Godfather of Broadband".[8]

Kao has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since early 2004 and has speech difficulty, but has no problem recognizing people or addresses.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 – Press Release. Nobel Foundation. October 6, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  2. Headline Daily (October 7, 2009). "高錕獲諾貝爾獎 國人驕傲". Headline Daily. http://why.eastday.com/q/20091008/u1a639015.html. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  3. "306 people to receive honours". The Government of Hong Kong SAR. July 1, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010. [dead link]
  4. "2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List" (pdf). The London Gazette (in (English)). SATURDAY June 12, 2010 SUPPLEMENT No.1 B23. Retrieved June 12, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. List of Fellows of the Royal Society 1660 – 2007
  6. "The Fellowship – List of Fellows". Raeng.org.uk. Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  7. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009. Nobel Foundation. October 6, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Kelsey Mesher (October 15, 2009). "The legacy of Charles Kao". Mountain View Voice. Retrieved November 30, 2009. 
  9. Ifeng.com: 港媒年初传高锟患老年痴呆症 妻称老人家记性差

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