Waikoloa, Hawaii – Peter Schultz, one of the inventors of the first low loss optical fiber, was recently recognized as the 2017 winner of the American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) Stookey Lecture of Discovery Award at the ACerS’ 12th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology. Peter was also a guest speaker during this event.
Peter’s talk: ‘In pursuit of perfect glass: Fifty years and still at it’ – describes the start of his career at Corning as well as his work on the successful development (with co-workers Bob Maurer and Don Keck) of the first low loss optical fibers for telecommunications in 1970. He also discussed his transition from scientist to technical advisor and board member to several global companies.
"I am especially proud to receive the Stookey Lecture of Discovery Award since I knew and very much respected Don Stookey during my years at Corning (1967-1984),” Peter said. “As a young scientist, I was in awe of his technical achievements and creativity. Little did I know that nearly fifty years later I would be recognized as the 2017 recipient of an award that honors his legacy."
The Stookey Lecture of Discovery Award, named for another prolific Corning inventor, Dr. Don Stookey, recognizes an individual’s lifetime of innovative exploratory work or noteworthy contributions of outstanding research on new materials, phenomena, or processes involving glass that have commercial significance or the potential for commercial impact.
Peter is the third Corning employee to receive this recognition from ACerS. Clint Shay received the honor in 2013 and George Beall in 2007.