Kenneth Hill Microelectronics, Communications, Networks and Control Systems

Electrical Engineer: Pioneered work in optical fibre communications

The Story

In 1978, Hill discovered that irradiating optical fibre with a laser permanently changes the refractive index of the fibre’s core, an effect he called photosensitivity. Direct results of his work are the development of low cost/high performance devices such as wavelength filters, multiplexers and laser frequency stabilizers, important to telecommunications. Optical sensors for measuring temperature and strain are also beneficial outcomes for the construction industry.

Sources: The Manning Awards

 

The Person

Birthdate
December 31, 1899
Birthplace
Guadalajara, Mexico
Residence
Ottawa, Ontario
Title
Principal Scientist, Optical Communications and Electrophotonics Technologies
Office
Communications Research Centre (CRC), Ottawa
Status
Working
Degrees
  • BEng, McMaster University, 1963
  • MEng, McMaster University, 1965
  • PhD, McMaster University, 1968
Awards
  • Manning Award, 1995
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September 16, 2015
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