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Fibre optics inventor on technology's future

The co-inventor of the fibre optics used worldwide for telecommunications will share his views on the technology’s future at a public lecture next week.

American scientist Dr Peter C Schultz will speak to fellow fibre-optics researchers and the public at a Victoria University lecture on Monday 16 December.

Dr Schultz was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 2000 received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton for this accomplishment – the highest technology award of the US government.

He is an expert in fibre optic technology – including telecommunication fibres and deployment, as well as specialty fibres for sensors – and general glass and ceramics technology.

Victoria University photonics researcher Dr Fotios Sidiroglou, who has worked closely with the trailblazing inventor in the past, said Dr Schultz brought amazing insight into the endless applications of technology in our life.

“Dr Schultz holds 26 patents and has been recognised for his major contributions to the academic field through numerous awards,” Dr Sidiroglou said. “To be able to discuss the future of telecommunications technology with him is truly an opportunity not to be missed.”

Media are welcome to attend the event, where Dr Schultz will be available.

WHEN: Monday 16 December: 12.45pm for 1–2pm

WHERE: Victoria University, Melbourne. Footscray Park Campus Building D, Level 7, Room 714

Media contact:

Michael Quin, Research writer

Public Affairs Department, Victoria University

(03) 9919 9491; 0431 815 409; Michael.Quin@vu.edu.au

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