CU's Professor Kao Kuen wins major scientific award

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 May, 1996, 12:00am

Professor Charles Kao Kuen, Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has received the Japan Prize for his pioneering research on optical fibre communication.

Masami Ito, president of the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan, conferred the award at a ceremony attended by the Emperor and Empress of Japan in Tokyo recently.

The first ethnic Chinese to win the prestigious international scientific award, Professor Kao also received a certificate of merit and a cash award of US$500,000 (about HK$3.8 million.) In a lecture entitled 'The Dawning of the Information Age', Professor Kao said that natural resources might not be enough to sustain continual population growth in our post-industrial society.

'Telecommunications help us to harness information more effectively and is energy efficient, and thus holds the key to increasing productivity without expending more energy.'