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Who is Sir Charles Kao

Our school is named after Sir Charles Kao, the Nobel-prize winning physicist who pioneered the use of fibre optics in telecommunications.

Also known as the ‘father of fibre optics’, Sir Charles was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009, for “groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication”. He did this while working at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories in Harlow.

As a school set up to equip students for successful careers in technology, with a particular focus on local growth industries, Sir Charles is an inspirational and fitting namesake.

We look forward to following the careers of our own alumni as they lead the innovations that will transform our world through science and technology.