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Regina Caputo | USLHC | USA

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Congratulations to Physics Nobel prize winners!

I don’t know how many of you have had the chance to see the new Intel commercials (not that I’m advocating Intel) but they pay homage to the people who developed the technology used in Intel products instead of the products themselves.

Who’s your rock star?… you are Ajay Bhatt for co-inventing the USB. Now we have more to add to the list. Today the three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics were announced. Charles Kao is a recipient for inventing fiber optic cable, and jointly Willard Boyle and George Smith for inventing charge-couple device sensor (CCD). Although we’re usually obsessed with winners like Jon and Kate plus 8 (now just Kate… omg! famous for having a ridiculous number of kids), it’s a little sad that no one knows even the name of the people who make things like the internet possible (myself included). Granted physicists generally aren’t as interesting as those created by the tabloids, but it’s important to recognize their accomplishments – something that all too often people either don’t understand or don’t trust. I know I’m preaching to the choir – I don’t need to tell you how important fiber optic cables, and CCDs are for pretty much everything we do – we just need to be louder in our support.

So who are my rock stars?

my rock stars

my rock stars

Congratulations!

-Regina

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