Kao's Day at OFC/NFOEC

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

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:44:43 PM
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OFC/NFOEC are dedicating an absurd amount of programming to Kao (who deserves the recognition), but they don't mention one small detail that you might assume given all the hoopla: HE'S NOT GOING TO BE AT THE SHOW.


AutoDog 12/5/2012 | 4:44:40 PM
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There's a good reason for this... Dr. Kao has Alzheimer's and is in no condition for a public Q&A session.



DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:44:40 PM
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That's too bad. Very sorry to hear that.

Lichtverbindung 12/5/2012 | 4:44:38 PM
re: Kao's Day at OFC/NFOEC From what I heard, Kao is a nice guy not full of himself.

Unlike our NRA friend ... sorry, don't mean to be a jerk but this article reminded me of Clooney's joke "Charlton Heston announced again today that he is suffering from Alzheimer's."
Had found it funny at the time but it triggered so much outrage... still think it is funny for someone like Heston... and finds it tragic for someone like Kao
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:44:38 PM
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Very sorry to hear about Dr. Kao's condition.


This makes the jazz quip at the start of the piece a lot less amusing. Didn't mean to offend anyone there.

Koda23 12/5/2012 | 4:44:31 PM
re: Kao's Day at OFC/NFOEC The Mountain View Voice also wrote an article on Dr. Kao when his Nobel was announced.
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