National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes how optical fiber has revolutionized entertainment, everyday life
Smart touch devices, rich streaming media with lifelike images, and instant connections everywhere we go – these are all part of the experiences made possible by optical fiber in today’s world.
And because optical fiber has revolutionized broadcast technology and the way people watch TV, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Corning Incorporated with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® award.
John Igel, vice president and general manager of Optical Fiber and Cable at the time, accepted the Emmy in Las Vegas in January 2017.
Optical fiber was born in Corning labs in 1970 and its invention has become one of the company’s most familiar success stories.
Network carriers in the mid-1960s were in trouble because the growing volume of information was straining their copper lines.
In response to the challenge, Corning launched a highly speculative project: Using strands of pure silica to transport light without losing signal strength along the way.
By 1970, Corning’s bet paid off. Dr. Don Keck, Dr. Bob Maurer, and Dr. Peter Schultz created a multi-layer infrastructure inside the wisp of glass fiber.
They manipulated the composition to prevent light from escaping. And one memorable day in the lab, it worked.