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"Father of fibre optics" Sir Charles Kao laid to rest

The 2009 Nobel laureate Sir Charles Kao Kuen's funeral took place at the Hong Kong funeral home this morning following a public wake yesterday evening.

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Sir Charles's widow Gwen Kao Wong May-wan arrived at the funeral home in North Point accompanied by her family and friends at about 10 am.

Sir Charles's children Amanda (middle) and Simon (left) are carrying his portrait taken in his old age to the hearse.

The farewell ceremony started half an hour later. During the ceremony, videos about Sir Charles's life were played.

Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus sang one of the late vice-chancellor's favourite songs The Moon Represents My Heart.

Sir Charles Kao was the third vice-chancellor of CUHK.

Several university vice-chancellors and academics gave their orations, including incumbent vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan Sung-chi and former vice-chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu.

Former CUHK vice-chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu is one of the pallbearers.

"The optical fibre he invented has rewritten human history and benefited humankind," said Prof. Tuan.

"His perseverance is worth learning," said Prof. Sung.

Rev. Francis King, one of Sir Charles's cousins, spoke on behalf of the family.

"Death does not put an end to the relationship of Charles with us," he said. "He taught me to respect every human being."

Incumbent CUHK vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan Sung-chi said Sir Charles was a "great scholar" as he was giving his oration.

CUHK political science senior lecturer Ivan Choy Chi-keung described Sir Charles as "the nicest, most magnanimous and most sincere university headmaster" he has ever met.

Roland Chin Tai-hong, current president of Hong Kong Baptist University, is also an electrical engineer.

The city's chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was also one of the eight pallbearers apart from Prof. Tuan and Prof. Sung.

Many other government officials also attended the remembrance, including financial secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, secretary for justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah.

With his children, Simon and Amanda, carrying his portrait into the hearse, Sir Charles's coffin was then transferred to the Cape Collinson Crematorium.

At age 84, he died in peace at Bradbury Hospice in Sha Tin on September 23 this year due to pneumonia.

《The Young Reporter》

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