4:50 PM -- When do jazz musicians get the most recognition of their entire lives? That's right: When they die. Wouldn't it be great to celebrate someone's genius while they're still alive to enjoy it?
Charles Kao isn't getting the jazz treatment. He was honored with a Nobel Prize last year for his pioneering work in fiber optic communications. (See Fiber Optics Pioneer Wins Nobel Prize.) And now it's announced that this year's OFC/NFOEC will be dedicated to him.
The first day of OFC/NFOEC always includes an awards ceremony, and Kao will be honored there. (In a sense, he's getting an award for getting an award.) The next day -- Wednesday, March 24 -- there will be a symposium on Kao's life and work. And Tuesday through Thursday at noon, you'll be able to see a video interview where Kao discusses his early research into using optical fibers.
It won't bring OFC back to the days of being an all-academic beardfest, but it's a nice gesture.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading