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The Honourable
Sir Charles Kuen Kao
Born 4 November 1933 (1933-11-04) (age 86)
Shanghai, China
Residence China (1933–1948)
Hong Kong
United Kingdom (1952–1970)
United States
Citizenship United States
United Kingdom
Hong Kong
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, KBE, FRS, FREng (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". Kao holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. Kao is known as the "Godfather of Broadband".

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


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