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Charles Kao, Nobel-winning optical fiber pioneer, dies at 84

September 24, 2018

HONG KONG (AP) — Charles K. Kao, a physicist who shared a 2009 Nobel Prize for groundbreaking work in fiber optic technology, has died at age 84.

The Hong Kong government and news reports said the Shanghai-born Kao, a former vice chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, died Sunday after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Kao spent three decades as a researcher at ITT Corp., where in the 1960s he showed that glass fibers could be used for long-distance communication. The technology gave rise to a new industry.

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