Sir Charles Kuen Kao,[5] GBM,[6] KBE,[7] FRS,[8] FREng[9] (born 4 November 1933; deed 23 September 2018) wis a Cheenese-born Hong Kong electrical ingineer an pheesicist wha pioneered the development an uise o fiber optics in telecommunications.

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Sir Charles Kuen Kao

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Charles K. Kao receivin an honorary degree frae Princeton Varsity in 2004
Native name高錕
Born4 November 1933(1933-11-04)
Shanghai, Cheenae[1]
Died23 September 2018 (aged 84)
Hong Kong
ResidenceRepublic o Cheenae (1933–1948)
Hong Kong (1949–present)[2]
Unitit Kinrick (1952–1970)
Unitit States
CitizenshipUnitit States
Unitit Kinrick[1]
Alma materUniversity College London (PhD 1965, issued bi Varsity o Lunnon)
Varsity o Greenwich (BSc 1957, issued bi Varsity o Lunnon)
Kent forFiber optics
Fiber-optic communication
Scientific career
InstitutionsThe Cheenese Varsity o Hong Kong
ITT Corporation
Yale Varsity
Standard Telephones and Cables
Doctoral advisorHarold Barlow
This is a Cheenese name; the faimlie name is Kao.
Charles K. Kao
Traditional Chinese高錕
Simplified Chinese高锟


  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 (in Cheenese). Headline Daily. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  3. "List of Fellows".
  4. "Fellows of the Royal Society". London: Royal Society. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2015-03-16.
  5. Charles K. Kao was elected in 1990 as a member o Naitional Academy o Ingineerin in Electronics, Communication & Information Seestems Ingineerin for pioneerin an sustained accomplishments taewart the theoretical an practical realisation o optical feebre communication seestems.
  6. "306 people to receive honours". The Government of Hong Kong SAR. July 1, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010.[deid airtin]
  7. "2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List" (pdf). The London Gazette. June 12, 2010. Supplement No.1 B23. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  8. "- Royal Society".
  9. "The Fellowship – List of Fellows". Retrieved October 26, 2009.