Donald Keck


Donald Keck was born in Lansing, Michigan, United States on January 2nd, 1941 and is the Physicist. At the age of 83, Donald Keck biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 2, 1941
United States
Place of Birth
Lansing, Michigan, United States
83 years old
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Physicist, Scientist
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Donald Keck Life

Donald B. Keck (born January 2, 1941) is an American research physicist and engineer best known for his contribution to the development of low-loss optical fiber.

Keck grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, where he joined Corning Incorporated's research group.

Corning, Keck's senior research scientist, along with Robert D. Maurer and Peter C. Schultz, invented the first optical fiber with optical losses small enough for wide use in telecommunications. Keck spent his time in Corning, where he later served as Vice President and Technology Director of Optical Physics, which aided the company in entering the field of photonics.

In 1993, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work with optical fiber and then in 2000 was given the prestigious National Medal of Technology.

Early life

Keck was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. In 1958, he began attending Michigan State University with the intention of becoming an electrical engineer. He was persuaded by his father to change professions and study physics during his undergraduate years. He earned his B.S. as a result. In 1962 and his M.S., physics was refurbishing. Both graduates from Michigan State attended physics in 1964. He continued his studies, writing his doctorate thesis on infrared spectroscopy, and then obtained his Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State in 1967.

After earning his Ph.D., Keck accepted a Corning job, relocated to New York, and began working as a senior research scientist on the project in January 1968.


Donald Keck Career


Corning's Optical WaveGuide Project team wanted to investigate the capabilities of new materials, including pure silic Mississippi, rather than attempting to develop existing fibers by using better raw materials.

As soon as Keck arrived at the beginning of 1968, they started working on the project. They experimented with various glass compositions and heating methods of heating the glass. In August 1970, Keck took measurements of the newest batch of fabrics he had heat treated. "Good grief, what do I have here?" Keck exclaimed as the light passed through the 65 foot fabric apparently without loss. Keck took further measurements of the fabric and discovered that it had an attenuation of 16 db/km, much more than the target of 20 db/km. "Attenuation equals 16 db," Keck wrote in his laboratory notebook at the time. Euka is followed by the exclamatory "Whoopee!" Keck and his colleagues developed the first low-loss optical fiber made from heat-treated titanium-doped silica. Papers were drafted and patents were issued.

In the meantime, Keck continued to develop upon the fabric he had created. He reformulated the titanium oxide glass of 1970 with germanium oxide doped glass, resulting in a steady 4 db/km average attenuation in June 1972. Keck's four most important inventions by the 1970s included fused silica doped with titanium; fused silica doped with germanium; the inside vapor deposition, or IV process for making fiber; and the outside vapor deposition, or OV process, which would eventually become the leading manufacturing process.

Corning was mass-producing the coveted optical fiber created by Keck in Wilmington, North Carolina, by 1979.

In 1989, he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Lightwave Technology, a position he held until 1994. Corning appointed Keck as the Division Vice President of Core Technology, Optics, and Photonics, almost 30 years later, nearly 30 years later.

In 2002, Keck retired from Corning. He spent time as Vice President and Director of rapid Research at the time of his retirement. Keck founded the Infotonics Technology Center in Canandaia (town), New York), a joint venture between private industry and government focused on photonics and nanotechnology innovation right away from his retirement. He was elected the first Chief Technology Officer of Infotonics due to his experience in both photonics and research management, a role he held briefly.