How the fibre communications revolution began

Richard Epworth with Charles Kao - 2010

Richard Epworth with Charles Kao, in London for celebrations of his Nobel Prize in Physics

Richard Epworth with Charles Kao during his 2010 London visit for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s celebrations of Charles’ 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics

2016: Half a Century of Optical Fibre Communications

2016 was the 50th anniversary of the publication that started it all.

Optical Fibre has transformed our world yet is now almost completely ignored.

The reasons?:

  • It is largely hidden (beneath our streets and oceans).
  • No surviving commercial organisation has an interest in promoting the STL history.
  • Few remember just how poor global communications used to be.

Useful Links

For anyone who enjoyed STL

STL Quarter Century Club

For the full story of optical communication see

"City of Light - The Story of Fiber Optics" by Jeff Hecht

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