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Post time 2012-4-2 12:06:02 |Display all floors
shameless Post time: 2012-4-2 11:43
Charles K. Kao, Father of Fiber-Optics...

Charles K. Kao is an American-English professor... but yeah...he was born in China.
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Post time 2012-4-2 14:48:09 |Display all floors
fredius Post time: 2012-4-2 13:06
Charles K. Kao is an American-English professor... but yeah...he was born in China.

yes Sir,
indeed, born and bred in Shanghai, with his ancestral home in Jinshan.
He studied English and French at an international school in ShanghaI and compleded his
secondary education in Hong Kong.
Prof. Dr. Charles K. Kao returned to Hong Kong during the 70's and joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)...
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Post time 2012-4-3 13:52:05 |Display all floors
shameless Post time: 2012-4-2 14:48
yes Sir,
indeed, born and bred in Shanghai, with his ancestral home in Jinshan.
He studied Engli ...

I don't understand your approach.
Charles K.Kao has made his secondary education in HK and all his undergraduate studies (Bachelor and PhD) in UK.  He has chosen to take Britsh and American nationalities...  why should he be regarded as a Chinese?
The subject is "China greatest inventions..." and it shouldn't be answered with a "racial" perspective.
Mr K. Kao's achievements are the result of his education and his intelligence, not of his cultural heritage and "race".
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Post time 2012-4-3 17:47:33 |Display all floors
fredius Post time: 2012-4-3 14:52
I don't understand your approach.
Charles K.Kao has made his secondary education in HK and all his ...

In my opinion, a Country does not invent things.
However, the people of the Country do so... wherever they may have migrated from...

I do not find anything "racial" mentioning Prof. K.Kao birthplace and that the honorable Gentleman is Chinese...
Perhaps Blood type is not, in our present day world, considered to be politically correct...
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Post time 2012-4-3 17:52:55 |Display all floors
fredius Post time: 2012-4-3 13:52
I don't understand your approach.
Charles K.Kao has made his secondary education in HK and all his ...

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were pot smoking drop-outs yet went on to create innovation like never before. Would you suggest it was their lack of tertiary education that helped them?  Or are some people made inquisitive by their genes and formative family interaction?

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Post time 2012-4-3 21:45:43 |Display all floors
In my opinion, a Country does not invent things.
However, the people of the Country do so... wherever they may have migrated from...


I oppose that view - countries do invent things by providing the infrastructure that is necessary to do those innovations and to afterwards also sell them. The first companies that sold Fibre optics, for instance, were not Chinese companies - and an innovation is, unlike an invention, not complete until it hits the market.

Therefore, I also see Prof. Kao's invetion as an American innovation.
In my opinion, people aren't born with their nationality - they choose their nationality and where they life and work. And if somebody chooses to be not Chinese but, like Kao, American, then he is an American - especially if he works and lives in the US. The mere appearance or past of that person doesn't matter.

For that reason I would also like China to improve its R&D infrastructure - no matter who afterwards sits in those offices to make the innovations. If Chinese companies afterwards earn the yields of that innovation, it's a Chinese innovation.

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Post time 2012-4-4 12:01:57 |Display all floors
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