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Charles K. Kao

1933 - 2018

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Sir Charles Kao Kuen (November 4, 1933 – September 23, 2018) was an electrical engineer and physicist who pioneered the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications. In the 1960s, Kao created various methods to combine glass fibers with lasers in order to transmit digital data, which laid the groundwork for the evolution of the Internet. Kao was born in Shanghai. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles K. Kao has received more than 1,300,591 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Charles K. Kao is the 23rd most popular inventor (up from 87th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from China (up from 232nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Inventor.

Charles K. Kao is most famous for his invention of fiber optics.

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Among inventors, Charles K. Kao ranks 23 out of 354Before him are Cai Lun, Louis Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, John Logie Baird, Karl Ferdinand Braun, and Samuel Colt. After him are Thomas Newcomen, Antonio Meucci, Werner von Siemens, James Naismith, Steve Wozniak, and Denis Papin.

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Among people born in 1933, Charles K. Kao ranks 10Before him are Dalida, Garrincha, Roman Polanski, Montserrat Caballé, Michael Caine, and Yoko Ono. After him are James Brown, Francisco Gento, Nina Simone, Amartya Sen, Claudio Abbado, and Abolhassan Banisadr. Among people deceased in 2018, Charles K. Kao ranks 11Before him are Charles Aznavour, Ingvar Kamprad, Stan Lee, Montserrat Caballé, Miloš Forman, and Bernardo Bertolucci. After him are Amos Oz, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Philip Roth, John McCain, Paul Bocuse, and Isao Takahata.

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In China

Among people born in China, Charles K. Kao ranks 44 out of 1,392Before him are Toshiro Mifune (1920), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Nurhaci (1559), and Mozi (-470). After him are Hong Taiji (1592), Lu Xun (1881), Yuan Shikai (1859), Zhu Xi (1130), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), and Shunzhi Emperor (1638).

Among INVENTORS In China

Among inventors born in China, Charles K. Kao ranks 2Before him are Cai Lun (48). After him are Bi Sheng (990), Taiichi Ohno (1912), Yuan Longping (1930), Thonmi Sambhota (618), An Wang (1920), and Robin Li (1968).