Nobel Prize for Mastery of Light

By Beacon Staff

Half of the Nobel Prize, announced Tuesday morning, October 7, was awarded to Charles K. Kao for his discoveries in how light travels through glass strands, leading to revolutions in fiber optic cable. The other half went to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith for the invention of semiconductor sensors which are in digital cameras.

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber optics and digital photography. – Kenneth Chang/New York Times

Read the full New York Times article, Nobel Awarded for harnessing Light, here.