Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Charles K. Kao

Dr. Charles K. Kao

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    4 November 1933

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 1996 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Information, Computer and Communication Systems
  • Achievement:
    For pioneering research on wideband, low-loss optical fiber communications
  • Lecture:
    The Dawning of an Information Age

Major Honors

1976 Morey Award, American Ceramic Society
1977 Stewart Ballantine Medal, Franklin Institute, USA
1978 Rank Prize, Rank Trust Fund, U.K.
1978 Morris Liebmann Memorial Award, IEEE, USA
1979 L.M.Ericsson International Prize, Sweden
1980 Gold Medal, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association, USA
1985 Alexander Graham Bell Medal, IEEE, USA
1985 Marconi International Fellowship, Marconi Foundation, USA
1985 Columbus Medal of the City of Genoa. Italy
1987 C & C Prize, Foundation for Communication and Computer Promotion, Japan
1989 International Prize for New Materials, American Physical Society, USA
1989 Faraday Medal, Institute of Electrical Engineers, U.K.
1992 Gold Medal, The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), USA
1993 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1995 Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence, The World Federation of Engineering Organizations(WFEO), U.K.


Member, National Academy of Engineering, USA
Fellow, institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA
Foreign Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering and Sciences (IVA), Sweden
Fellow, Institute of Electrical Engineers, U.K.
Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, Hong Kong

Graduates Honors Causa

1985 Doctor of Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1990 Doctor of Science, University of Sussex, U.K.
1991 Degree of Honorary Doctor, Soka University, Japan
1992 Doctor of Engineering University of Glasgow U.K.
1994 Doctor of Science, University of Durham, U.K.
1995 Honorary Professor, Peking University
1995 Honorary Professor, Tsinghua University
1995 Honorary Professor, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
1995 Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
1995 Doctor of the University, Griffith University, Australia

Academic Degrees

1957 B.Sc. from London University (Electrical Engineering)
1965 Ph.D. from London University (Electrical Engineering)

Professional Career

1957-60 Development Engineer, Standard Telephone & Cables,Ltd. (STL), London, U.K.
1960-69 Principal Research Engineer, Standard Telephone & Cables, Ltd. (STL), London U.K.
1970-74 Professor, Electronics Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1974-81 Chief Scientist, Electro-Optical Products Division, ITT, Roanoke, Va., USA
1981-83 Vice President and Director of Engineering, Electro-Optical Products Division, ITT, Roanoke, Va, USA
1983-87 Executive Scientist and Director of Research, Advanced Tech Center, ITT, Shelton, Conn., USA
1987-Present President, Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


  • Vice-Chancellor and President, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Major Publications

  • "Optical Fiber", Peter Peregrinus Ltd. on behalf of The Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1988
  • "Optical Fiber Systems: Technology, Design, and Applications", McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1982
  • Kao,K.C. and Hockham,G.A., "Dielectric-fibre surface waveguides for optical frequencies", Proc. I.E.E.Vol. 113, No.7,July 1966,pp.1151-1158.
  • Kao,K.C.and Davies,T.W., "Spectrophotometric studies of ultra low loss optical glasses-I: single beam method", Journal of Scientific Instruments (Journal of Physics E) 1968, Series 2, Vol.1,pp.1063-1068.
  • Jones,M.W.and Kao,K.C.,"Spectrophotometric studies of ultra low loss optical glasses-II: double beam method", Journal of Scientific Instruments (Journal of Physics E) March 1969, Series 2, Vol.2, No.4,pp.331-335.
  • Wright,C.R.and Kao,K.C.,"spectrophotometric studies of ultra low loss optical glasses-III: Ellipsometric determination of surface reflectances", Journal of Scientific Instruments (Journal of Physics E) 1969, Series 2, Vol.2,pp.579-583.
  • Kao,C.and Bickel,G., "Fiber connectors, splices and couplers", Fiber Optics Advances in Research and Development, Bendow, Bernard and Mitra, Shashanka S. (ed.), Plenum Press, New York, 1979,pp.437-494.
  • Kao,C.K., "Optical fibre and cables", Optical Fibre Communications,M.J.Howes and D.V.Morgan (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Chapter 5,1980,pp.189-249.
  • Kao,K.C.and Collier,M.E., "Fibre-optic systems in future telecommunication networks", Telecommunications, 1977.pp.25-32.
  • Kao,C.K.,"10 (12) bit/s optoelectronics technology", IEE Proceedings, Vol. 133,Pt.J, No.3, June 1986.pp.230-236.
  • Kao, Charles K., "An evolution towards a future network", Special issue on "Dreams of Future Communications" for the IEICE Transactions on Communications, Vol. E75-B,No.1, January 1992.pp.3-8.
  • Kao. Charles K., "The Challenges of Developing New Information Services" for 1995 Marconi Contennial Symposium, Bologna, June 18-25, 1995.
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