Dr. Peter Schultz, co-inventor of the low-loss optical fiber that enables our worldwide communications network, recently visited MSE and presented an excellent talk entitled, "In Pursuit of Perfect Glass: Fifty Years and Still At It." Included were many details of his professional journey from scientist to business executive, including his transformative invention (along with Don Keck and Bob Maurer) in 1971 that enabled the manufacture and use of low-loss optical fibers for high-bandwidth long-distance telecommunications.
After graduating from Rutgers in 1967 with his Ph.D in glass science, Dr. Schultz joined Corning and began working on what he calls the “perfect glass”: fused silica. This “perfect glass” led to the successful development of a variety products and processes including the first low loss optical fibers for telecommunications as noted above. The same fundamental methods developed in the 1970's are still being used in today’s telecom fibers.
In 1984 Dr. Schultz left Corning to lead the world’s largest supplier of optical grade fused silicas and then retired in 2001. He is currently a technical advisor and board member to global companies in the field of fiber optics.
It was great to welcome him back to MSE!!