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Donald B. Keck
|Born||January 2, 1941
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Known for||Optical Fiber|
|Awards||John Tyndall Award (1992)
National Medal of Technology (2000)
|Fields||Physics, Optical Physics
Fiber, Fiber Sensors, Guided Wave Devices
Donald B. Keck (born January 2, 1941) is an American research physicist and engineer most noted for his involvement in developing low-loss optical fiber. Keck grew up in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University, after which he joined Corning Incorporated’s research department. As a senior research scientist for Corning, Keck, along with Robert D. Maurer and Peter C. Schultz, designed the first optical fiber with optical losses low enough for wide use in telecommunications.
Keck spent his professional career at Corning, where he eventually held the position of Vice President and Technology Director of Optical Physics, during which time he guided the company into the field of photonics. For his work with optical fiber, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993 and received the prestigious National Medal of Technology in 2000.
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