How the fibre communications revolution began

Free Space link receiver from 1966. Manchester University - Paul Sinclair & Richard Epworth

Free Space link receiver -1966. Manchester University – Paul Sinclair & Richard Epworth

Free Space link Receiver from 1965/6. Manchester University Final year project – Paul Sinclair & Richard Epworth

2016: Half a Century of Optical Fibre Communications

2016 is 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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