8 Charles K Kao Quotes from Father of Fiber Optic Communications

Charles Kao, born November 4, 1933 in Shanghai, was a famous physicist, recognized with a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009 for groundbreaking fibre-optic cables discovery, shared with physicists Boyle and Smith.

Holding dual UK and US citizenship, Kao’s education and career began in electrical engineering, transitioning to telecommunications, particularly focusing on fibre-optic technology development, with significant contributions to the field.

Charles K Kao Quotes

Apart from his scientific career, he also battled Alzheimer’s, founding a dedicated Alzheimer’s awareness and care foundation with his wife, Gwen Kao, in Hong Kong, where he passed away in 2018.

I have picked the top quotes by Charles K. Kao.

Best Charles K. Kao Quotes


When you are young, you are fervent about the things you believe in. ~ Charles K. Kao.


When information is infinite, individual pieces of information are worth nothing. ~ Charles K. Kao.


If you really look at it, I was trying to sell a dream … There was very little I could put in concrete to tell these people it was really real. ~ Charles K. Kao.


Ideas do not always come in a flash but by diligent trial-and-error experiments that take time and thought. ~ Charles K. Kao.

Because of the earlier loss of the two elder siblings, my brother and I lived a very pampered and protected life. Nursemaids kept constant watch. With my parents busy at dinner parties and social events, we only met them as if for a daily royal audience. ~ Charles K. Kao.

Famous Charles K. Kao Quotes

The primary school I attended in Shanghai was a very liberal one, established by scholars who had return from an education in France. The children of leading families were enrolled there, including the son of a well-known man believed to be a top gangster of the underworld! ~ Charles K. Kao.

The introduction of optical fiber systems will revolutionize the communications network. The low transmission loss and the large bandwidth capability of the fiber systems allow signals to be transmitted for establishing communications contacts over large distances with few or no provisions of intermediate amplification. ~ Charles K. Kao.

Maybe it was the home tutoring, or the late start to formal schooling, or an overly cautious and protective upbringing, but in any case, I never became a talkative person. As an adult, I am not always comfortable in social gatherings with small talk. I must have inherited my father’s gentle nature. ~ Charles K. Kao.

So these were the 8 top Charles K Kao quotes and sayings.

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