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IEEECelebrates2009NobelPrizeWinners IEEElifemembersawardedforworkwithdigitalphotographyandhelpinglinktheworld throughfiberopticnetworks PISCATAWAY,N.J.October7,2009IEEE,theworldslargesttechnicalprofessionalassociation,is proudtocongratulatethreeofitsLifeFellowsDr.CharlesK.Kao,Dr.WillardS.BoyleandDr.GeorgeE. Smithasrecipientsofthe2009NobelPrizeinphysics.Recognizedforbreakthroughsinvolvingthe transmissionoflightinfiberopticsandinventinganimagingsemiconductorcircuit,thethreescientists createdthetechnologybehinddigitalphotographyandhelpedlinktheworldthroughfiberoptic networks. "Asaphysicistmyself,IamespeciallyproudthatthesethreemembersofIEEEhavebeenhonoredwith theNobelPrizeinphysics,"saidIEEEPresidentJohnVig."Onbehalfofourmembersaroundtheglobe,I congratulatetheseinnovatorsforbeingrecognizedforadvancingtechnologythathasbenefitted humanity." Acknowledgedforhis1966discoverythatshowedhowtotransmitlightoverlongdistancesviaoptical glassfibers,Dr.Kaohelpedbuildtheframeworkformodernbroadbandcommunicationnetworksthat carrytodayshighspeedInternetdataandphonecallsaroundtheworld. Workingtogether,Dr.BoyleandDr.Smithinventedthefirstimagingtechnologyusingadigitalsensor,a chargedcoupleddevice(CCD).CCDtechnologyhasrevolutionizedphotographysothatlightcouldbe capturedelectronically(intheformofpixels)insteadofonfilm.TheinspirationofWillardBoyleand GeorgeSmithtransformedanindustry,saidDr.GordonDay,PresidentofIEEEUSA.Replacingfilm withelectronicdevicesmadephotographyfasterandcheaper,anddigitalimaginghasledtogreat advancesintheprocessinganddistributionofimages. TheIEEE,knownasanorganizationthatbringsthebestmindsinscienceandtechnologytogetherto benefitmankindishometomorethan19NobelPrizewinners,rangingfromGuglielmoMarconis1909 NobelPrizeinPhysicsinrecognitionofhiscontributiontothedevelopmentofwirelesstelegraphyto PaulC.LauterburandSirPeterMansfields2003NobelPrizeinMedicinefortheirdiscoveriesconcerning magneticresonanceimaging. TolearnmoreaboutIEEE,pleasecontactieeePR@ruderfinn.com. AboutIEEE

IEEE(InstituteofElectricalandElectronicsEngineers,Inc.),theworldslargesttechnicalprofessional society,iscommemoratingits125thanniversaryin2009byCelebrating125YearsofEngineeringthe Futurearoundtheglobe.Throughitsmorethan375,000membersin160countries,IEEEisaleading authorityonawidevarietyofareasrangingfromaerospacesystems,computersand telecommunicationstobiomedicalengineering,electricpowerandconsumerelectronics.Dedicatedto theadvancementoftechnology,IEEEpublishes30percentoftheworldsliteratureintheelectricaland electronicsengineeringandcomputersciencefields,andhasdevelopednearly900activeindustry standards.Theorganizationannuallysponsorsmorethan850conferencesworldwide.Additional informationaboutIEEEcanbefoundathttp://www.ieee.org. ###