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Prof. Kao's Profile (1933-2018)

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Born in Shanghai

Completed secondary education at St. Joseph's College, Hong Kong

Obtained BSc degree in Electrical Engineering at Woolwich Polytechnic (now the University of London)

Joined Standard Telecommunication Laboratories of ITT

Obtained PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at University College London

Published a paper which proposed using glass fibers as a conductor for optic communication, ushering in the era of optic fiber communication

Joined CUHK as Reader and chair of the then new Department of Electronics, later appointed as the first Professor of Electronics

Joined ITT again, first as Chief Scientist and later as Director of Engineering

Conferred the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by CUHK

Became Vice-Chancellor of CUHK

Led to establish Faculty of Engineering, CUHK

Retired in July from vice-chancellorship and appointed as Honorary Professor of Engineering

A minor planet (3463) was named after him as ‘Kaokuen’ by the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences