Charles K Kao ; Facts about the Chinese Electrical Engineer

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Charles K Kao is a famous Chinese electrical Engineer born on November 4, 1933 in Shanghai, China to Kao-Hsiang and King Tsing Fong. He was raised up by his parents alongside his younger brother named Timothy Hong Kong.

Charles K Kao educational background

Charles began his education at home under home tutors before he started his formal education at the Elite Shanghai World School around 1943.

He attended the St. Joseph’s College in Hong Kong after the family left Shanghai due to the Second World War. Charles got straight A’s in the school matriculation examination.

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He then moved to England in 1953 where he enrolled at Woolwich Polytechnic currently known as University of Greenwich in London.

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Having passed his A-level from there, he entered an engineering course at the same institute where he graduated with a B.Sc. In Electrical Engineering.

Charles K Kao career

Charles joined Standard Telephones& Cables in 1957 and was made to rotate through different sections but later settle down in the microwave division in 1958.

He applied for lectureship at Loughborough Polytechnic but opt to stay back when STC offered him job at their research unit, the standard Telecommunication Laboratory (STL)

Charles then joined STL’s optical communications research team in 1963. He was then appointed head of the electro-optics research group in 2963.

Later in December 1964, he took over STL’s optical communication program. Concurrently, he began working for his doctoral degree, receiving his PhD degree fro. The University of London in 1965.

He joined his friend Hockham to submit their first paper in 1966 in Dielectric fiber surface waveguides for optical frequencies at London in the meeting of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

Charles then worked with with the faculty of Chinese University of Hong Kong and help set up its electronics department.

He later became the Chief Scientist at ITT’s Electro-Optical Products Division in Roanoke, Virginia in 1974. He became the Vice President and Director of Engineering at the same division in 1981.

Charles was appointed the Executive Scientist and Director of Research, Advanced Technology Center in Shelton, Connecticut from 1983 to 1987.

Charles K Kao
Charles K Kao

From 1987 to 1996, he returned to Hong Kong and became the Vice Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 1991, he became Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee of the Varitronix International Limited in Hong Kong.

He served as the President of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning(ASAIHL) from 1993 to 1994.

He was the CEO of Transtech Services Ltd from 1996 to 2001 in Hong Kong . From 2000 to 2007, he was the CEO of ITX Services Ltd also located at Hong Kong.

awards won

He received the award of Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009, Faraday Medal in 1989, IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 1985 and the Marconi Prize in 1985.

Charles became a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) and The Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM) that same year, Hong Kong SAR.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Charles K Kao relationship status

Charles got married to a fellow engineer at Standard Telephones & Cables called Wong May-Wan in 1959 and had two lovely children. Their first child was born in 1961 named Simon and the second child was born in 1963 named Amanda.

He and his wife founded the Charles K Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease Limited in order to promote awareness about the disease. Previously in 2004, He was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease.

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Charles passed on at the age of 84 on September 23, 2018 in Hong Kong due to unspecific cause.

His physical stats and social media presence

The electrical engineer, Charles’s actual height and weight in addition to his body measurements are not available yet. He was not active on any social media platforms before his death.

Charles K Kao net worth

Though he didn’t disclose his income structure, there is no doubt that his family lived a comfortable life before and after his death.

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