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Activities to commemorate Kao Nobel award

     The public has been invited to participate in a series of activities to commemorate Professor Charles Kao being awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking achievements in optical fibre communication.

     Entries are invited from students and local residents for a "Stamp Sheetlet Design Competition in Honour of Prof Charles Kao's Being Awarded the Nobel Prize" organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Entries should be submitted to the Hong Kong Science Museum before the deadline of 5pm, December 4.

     The theme of the entries should relate to Prof Kao being awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize with the design in stamp sheetlet format. The winning entries will be considered by Hongkong Post for the production of a definitive stamp sheetlet to be issued in 2010.The competition is divided into two categories - Open and Student. The winners will receive cash prizes of $5,000, with second place receiving $3,000 and third place $1,000. Winners of a merit prize in each division will receive $500. Certificates will also be presented to the award winners.

     For details of the competition, please refer to the Science Museum's website: Entry forms can also be downloaded from the website. For details of the competition, please call the Science Museum at 2732 3220.

     People who want to learn more about the development of optical fibre communication inspired by Prof Kao and his achievements should not miss an exhibition and two special lectures jointly presented by the LCSD and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Entitled "A Tribute to Prof Charles Kao - Father of Fibre Optics", the exhibition will be held at the Science Museum from December 8 to March 10, 2010. It will introduce Prof Kao's academic life and highlight his significant achievements over the past 40 years. Exhibition panels, material display and interactive exhibits on fibre optics will also be on show for visitor manipulation.  The exhibits will help explain the theory behind the technology and its wide applications in daily life.

     The two lectures are "Professor Charles Kao: Pioneer, Scientist, Innovator and Entrepreneur" to be conducted by Prof Cheung Kwok-wai from the Department of Information Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on December 12, and "Optical Fibre Communications: Charm and Challenges" by Prof Shu Ching-tat from the university's Department of Electronic Engineering on December 20. The lectures will be held at the museum's Lecture Hall and free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For more details, please call 2732 3232.

Ends/Friday, November 27, 2009


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