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The Honourable
Sir Charles Kuen Kao
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Born (1933-11-04)4 November 1933
Died 23 September 2018(2018-09-23) (aged 84)
Citizenship United States
United Kingdom
Hong Kong
Alma mater University College London (PhD 1965, issued by University of London)
Woolwich Polytechnic (BSc 1957, issued by University of London)
Known for Fiber optics
Fiber-optic communication
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions The Chinese University of Hong Kong
ITT Corporation
Standard Telephones and Cables
Doctoral advisor Harold Barlow

The Honourable Sir Charles Kuen Kao, GBM, KBE, FRS, FREng (4 November 1933 – 23 September 2018) was 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". Kao holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. Kao is known as the "Godfather of Broadband".

Kao was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002 and had speech difficulty. He died on 23 September 2018 from complications of the disease in Sha Tin, Hong Kong at the age of 84.

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