Tingye Li: A Global Force in Optical Communications

Patricia Daukantas

Born into a world on the brink of war, Tingye Li shaped a communications industry that linked the world in peace. Li, the popular 1995 OSA President who died last December at 81, lived a truly global life.



Every time you make a phone call or use the Internet, you can thank Tingye Li. From the oscillations inside laser cavities to the complex methods used to send multiple information streams down a single fiber, the discoveries that he and his research teams have made are deeply woven into the fabric of global networks.

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