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Digital Imaging, Communication Advances Honored

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Science  09 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5950, pp. 213
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_213

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This year's Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three scientists whose discoveries made the instantaneous dissemination of information and images possible. Within seconds of the announcement, photos and videos of the winners were zipping across the globe via the Internet. Charles Kao's theoretical work lit the way to practical optical fibers for high-speed telecommunications. Willard Boyle and George Smith invented the charge-coupled device, the first electronic chip that could capture an image.