The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009
Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle, George E. Smith
Charles Kuen Kao
Born: 4 November 1933, Shanghai, China
Affiliation at the time of the award: Standard Telecommunication Laboratories, Harlow, United Kingdom, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Prize motivation: "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication"
Field: fiber technology, instrumentation